Well, the keyboard tray on my current desk just spontaneously collapsed.
So, after much consideration, I've decided that I am going to build a natural edged desk. No drawers or anything fancy, just a massive slab of wood with the front edge covered in bark. Slabs of wood that are wide enough for a desk can be relatively hard to come by, however, we fortunately have a sawmill towards Guildford that specialises in this type of material. Now I know that wide slabs can be expensive so I went to the sawmill looking to spend around £150. Although I had a maximum budget of £400 just in case anything amazing caught my eye.
Guess which pillock spend £375 on a bit of wood.
As soon as I walked through the door to the slab section of the sawmill, I saw it. I tried to look around the rest of the racks to find something more affordable but nothing quite compared to it. It was a 2.5m long, 620mm wide, 40mm thick slab of walnut. It had some beautiful crotch figuring on the back edge, a split on one end that would give me an opportunity to make a feature of, and had already been machined flat and parallel with a straight edge ripped on the back. Sold.
Unfortunately, in my haste and excitement to start making the desk, I didn't get any pictures of the slab. However, I did manage to find a picture of it on Surrey Timbers Instagram page, before it was machined.
It's worth saying that bartering is possible when purchasing larger boards like this. Originally, it was priced at £395 so at least the petrol expenses were covered!
This board is exactly what I was looking for in terms of size and aesthetics and now that I own it, I can start planning the design of the desk itself. This will be detailed in the next blog.
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I'm Matt Estlea, a student at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, currently studying a BA Degree in Furniture: Design and Make. I also work at the Basingstoke branch of Axminster Tools and Machinery on weekends and have an unhealthy obsession with cats.