Fold Out Desk From Scratch and Chair Refurbishment




Introduction: Fold Out Desk From Scratch and Chair Refurbishment

So in this instructable Im going to show how i made a decent sised fold out desk to squeeze into my small room, as well as a quick refurbishment of an old chair to compliment it.

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Step 1: The Room.

My room is fairly small, and its a squeeze to fit things in at the best of times. so when I found I needed a desk to do many of my projects on I had to think space conservation.

I decided to affix the desk to the side of my IKEA bookshelf. its heavy, thick and wide enough to attach a decent sised desk to. 

Step 2: The Materials

The piece of wood i needed were pretty easy to find. I just used pieces of scrap wood that we have in our garage.

I settled on a piece of 30cm by 75cm plywood for the actual desk and a 8cm wide piece of pine for the hinge brace.

Step 3: Making the Hinge Brace.

Two 5cm long pieces were cut off the strip of pine and nailed to the underside of the piece of plywood with fine nails. 
The pine blocks were sanded smooth before being attached, wood glue was used to strengthen the bond.

Step 4: Staining and Varnishing.

The desk was stained with a satin Mahogany wood stain. Three layers were used, with a light sanding after the second layer and the third layer only being a light coating. 

The desk was then given three layers of a tough polyurethane varnish. As with the wood stain, the desk was given two initial layers with a light sanding, followed by a final light layer.

Step 5: Mounting.

After the desk had had ample time to cure it was time to mount it to the side of the bookshelf.
I used two brass door hinges, affixed with 6 steel screws each. I used a 1m long 3cm link chain to hold the desk upright.

The chain is hooked onto a small brass hook that is screwed onto the edge of the desk whilst the other end is held in place at 
the top of the bookcase. 

Step 6: Finishing the Desk.

To finish the desk I wanted to add cutting surface that was also heatproof. I decided to use a piece of slate tile that I cut to sise
and held in place with several lines of trade standard Evo-stick adhesive. 

Step 7: Refurbishing the Chair.

I decided to Refurbish an old chair I had to use with the desk. 

Step 8: Varnishing the Chair.

With the chair I decided to use a rub-on wood dye a the wood was more porous, This was applied after sanding back
the battered old varnish layer still on the chair. Then, as with the desk, three layers of the strong polyurethane varnish was applied, with a light sanding after the second layer of varnish followed by a final light layer.

Step 9: Reupholstery.

The chair would be uncomfortable without a cushioned seat, something it has lacked for years during its use in the garage. 
the first thing was to remove the staples and scraps of material left from the original cushion. This was done with a screwdriver
and a pair of pliers. 

The new cushion was made from a piece of foam cut to shape and then covered in green felt. The felt was stretched over the foam 
and held in place with staples on the rear of the seat. 

Step 10: FINISHED!

With the seat clipped back in place the project is finished! 

I now have a compact working space that can be folded away at a moments notice, not to mention a comfy chair!

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    8 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Great project. I will make it today.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    nice project! Also, your wood floor is absolutely beautiful.


    7 years ago

    Very nice and the idea itself is great


    7 years ago

    Because the question I ask because I do lot of work with tech and some times it weights over hundred pounds. And I don't want it to brake on me. And why I ask you used steel change and not fold out legs. To the table.


    7 years ago

    Only thing is how much weight can it support with out of the use of legs to hold the the table in place because my theory is that what you used on the table it self for the legs I don't know if this make sense to you please respond ASAP


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nicely done! I think that if you have the chain anchored properly and a decent hinge, that this table would easily hold fifty pounds. I've had a similar one for several years, and it holds my computer, several books, etc, without a problem.