Jun 19 2013


Someday I'd like to work more with wood, and I certainly love having it in the house, but Cop is an expert relative to me. I do plan on carving some spoons, being so inspired by Ariele of Brooklyn to West showing her good-lookin' spoons. In the meantime, please enjoy the story of Cop's monkeypod desk :) - Jeannie

Obligatory Moses photo. He always wants ‘in’ on the action, even if it involves power tools.

Hello! Cop here, doing a guest post on my latest amateur woodworking project. 

I grew up playing and assembling Legos, K'nex and Gundam models. I also begrudgingly grew up doing a lot of housework that included remodeling and wielding power tools. But when I combine those two, it turns out I'm a pretty decent woodworker (thanks dad...).

Some old projects of mine include a custom bed frame and refinished nightstands for our apartment.

I've been wanting a computer desk for a while now and I'll admit, my first thought wasn't to make my own. I looked around on Etsy to see what's available and was pretty floored at some of the beautiful pieces people were making. The problem was many quotes were overpriced and shipping costs didn't help either. I'm all for paying fellow craftspeople a fair amount, but when you can make your own stuff, it often doesn't take much money or time to make something great.

2 - 1'x4' monkeypod planks from Z&E Slabs here in Berkeley. I've never heard of monkeypod before but it's in the acacia family. Check out the nice grain and termite damage that gives it character! (It creeps out Jeannie)

4 - 28" custom 3-rod hairpin legs w/ clear coat from FuriousEndeavors on Etsy. These legs give it that mid-century look. Hairpin legs are available at a bunch of places online nowadays, often at a premium. I went with the stronger, 3-rod version and Lou was nice enough to apply a clear coat to prevent rust.

1 - Custom NYC wood crate drawer from Urban Wood Goods on Etsy. I was iffy on whether or not I needed a drawer, but I couldn't pass up this up. It adds to the reclaimed look I wanted.

1 - 24oz jar of Swilley's All Natural Wood Rub also from Urban Wood Goods. Natural oils and wax, that's all you need. Traditional wood finishes usually require gloves, a mask and good ventilation when applied. If a finish is that harsh and toxic during application, how does it magically become safe afterwards? All I needed for this finish was an old t-shirt to apply. Plus, it smells like oranges!

Aside from some screws, wood glue, and washers, that's really all that's needed.

Total Cost: $375
Time: I clamped the planks overnight for the glue to set, but in total it was only about 6 hours of actual working time.

Nice, right?