When we were moving into our new unfurnished apartment, we searched for furniture that would be cheap, easy to move, and look excellent with the room. After trolling around craigslist and finding an oblique mishmash of multicolored hand-me-downs, we threw up our hands, rolled up our sleeves, and went to TechShop to craft our own custom furniture.
This is one such piece: a sturdy, powder-coated steel desk that works great for your computer or home office!
Time Needed: ~3 hours (plus about 30min/day for 2 days for lacquering)
Materials: (Total cost: ~$70)
- 3/4" sanded plywood, 24"x36"
- 24ft. 3/4" 16 GA. square steel tube (See HERE, Part #T13416)
- Clear gloss polyurethane finish
- P80 grit sandpaper
- black powder coat paint (or black gloss spray paint)
- 6x #8 1-1/4" phillips head truss screws
- Mineral spirits and a rag for wood treating
- Plastic drop cloth to catch lacquer drips
- Acetone and a rag for metal cleaning.
- Pack of foam brushes
- Simple Green or other cleaner to remove oils from the steel
- Cold miter saw or horizontal band saw
- MIG (or TIG) welder plus filler, clamps, accessories, and safety gear
- Sand blaster
- Powder coating gun, and a powder oven
- Phillips screwdriver
- Power drill with 3/16" metal drilling bit
- A faucet and cup of water
- Hand grinder