Step 3: The Surface
1. Measure the finished 1.5”x 8’x ¾” edge to the top surface. My piece was 72”- 6” or 66”. Then cut.
2. Glue the edge and finish nail it to the front of the top surface. I chose to put a 2" edge on the desk to give it a finished look (see picture).
3. Sand the surface of your desk top. The pine that I was using was already had a smooth finish so I just used a 220 grit on both sides.
4. Apply as many coats of the Zinsser Low VOC shellac. This will give the surface of your desk a protective coating. I applied 4 coats and may apply more at a later time. Whatever type of wood you use remember that if you choose to use the shellac it will give the wood an amber finish.