Resurfacing a Desk

25th April 2017 • DIY

After getting a planer I decided to resurface the first desk I build so that it could be used for writing without a glass cover.

I ripped the table apart down the glue lines from its original construction with a circular saw.

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I thought it would be easier and safer to use a circular saw than trying to push a big uneven table top through the table saw. Although after a couple rips with the circular saw to remove some weight and size it would have probably been easier on the table.

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The original top laid out ready to be planed.

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This is the second planer I got after the first one broke, was replaced and then the replacement broke again. It is the same design but from a different manufacturer and appears to be made of tougher stuff.

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I decided to rebuild the frame for this table too for the same reason as the second desk, the table was awkward to use with chair armrests.

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I glued up the table top the same was as before with dowels and clamps.

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After the planing so many of the knots fell out of the wood. Here they have been filled up with clear resin. I think it would have looked better with some black dye in them as they dried with a very slight yellow tint.

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After a lot of sanding to remove the extra resin the table was varnished again and came out very smooth and flat, no need for the glass anymore.

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