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Building the Ultimate Work Desk – Surface Prep

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As I’ve written previously (here, for those who need the reference), I’m in the process of building a desk (or desk system) using some rough cut planks of butternut (aka white walnut).  The beauty of this process is the fact that I get to choose my finishes and work through the process myself, crafting something that I’ll enjoy. This stands in stark contrast to the particle-board/plywood/other types of product out there where you have to fit THEIR finishes and features to your lifestyle and work habits versus how it should be: finishes and features matched to you.  Previously, we covered a quick overview of finishes that I’ve been evaluating (an arduous process if there ever were one) and now I’ve moved on to preparing the boards for the desk.  Again, I’ve captured in video what otherwise would be a very boring tale of pictures and captions.  Enjoy!


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Dave Graham is a Technical Consultant with EMC Corporation where he focused on designing/architecting private cloud solutions for commercial customers.