A Desk Is Born

Next week, the refinishing of the floor in my new office will start. That means I’ll need a desk. Chris really wanted to make one, as I e mentioned before. We both wanted to re-use old materials for it. We found doors we wanted to use as the desk top and sides among ones we had to remove in the renovation.

The future desk doors

But, we didn’t find suitable framing stuff, even when we looked at various antique shops. Then, one day, Chris was at our friend Mike’s woodworking shop, borrowing a saw. He noticed some old pipe, and asked Mike what it was. It turns out it was the old gas lines that got removed when we were working on the Hermit Haus.

Parts of the pipe he didn’t use.

Mike hadn’t wanted them to go to waste, so he took them home. He was happy to give them to Chris for the desk project!

So, today was welding day. I’ve never watched anyone build with metal before, so I hung around and watched Chris as he worked. Numerous dogs helped until sparks started flying.

Everyone was happy while he was just selecting pipe to use.

We did the work under the shady roof over our shipping container (future tack room and stalls for horses). Alfred dug himself a nice hole to sit in.

Happy Alfred

First, Chris cut all the pieces from the old pipe. It was really exact. He marked the cuts with a soapstone marker. Interesting!

I kept watching the little fires that came up, ready to throw my cup of water on them. But it was fine.

After that, Chris put on his helmet and put everything together. It didn’t take long at all! It was like magic! I enjoyed seeing how he leveled the legs and attached all the parts securely.

The highlight was when he put the old door on the rustic frame. Wow. So cool. It will look amazing with the big piece of glass on top.

The door fits!

I even got to practice sitting at my desk. What a fun thing to do on a Sunday!

It seems to work!

Thanks to Chris for his willingness to make this one-of-a-kind example of using what you have!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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