Epic Desk 2- Build Journel

Hey guys here is the build journel for the desk.

I got the inspiration for this desk while watching James May’s Man Lab. On the show they constructed a pool table, the supports of which inspired the base of the table.

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In another episode, they made a kitchen counter top out of concrete, which created the idea of the table top.

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I started off with a concept sketch.

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And drew a technical drawing of the final design.

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The technical drawing helps with finding weird measurements, If you cant calculate how long the piece is, just count the squares.

I was going to use 2×6 for the table supports, but lowes had these cool cyprus boards for sale, i decicded to give the a try.

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I notched them to fit together as a grid and assembled the with finishing nails.

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The legs are made from pine 2×6’s. I just cut cut them at an angle on the table saw.

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Then used child labor and bolts to attach the legs.

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I wanted to re-enforce joint where the legs meet table supports as well as othe places on the frame, so I cut sheet metal to fit the joints.

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I made a plywood form for concrete top, and used Quickcrete re-enforced with concrete wire for tue top.

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After letting the top harden for 6 days, Nathaniel and I flipped the top. I was happy to see the finished side was halfway decent.

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While it was in the garage, I test fitted the top to the base.

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Then I hit a problem. For those who do not know the layout of my house i live in a basement bedroom. And while concrete is a cool building material, it is also very heavy, the top of the desk weighs between 450-500lbs. So getting through the house down a set of steps, through a hallway and into my bedroom. I’m not going to lie, for a secound i thought about just using the desk as a work bench in the garage.

So how to move 500lbs without killing yourself?  Here is my solution.

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Yeah it’s Red-Neck, but it’s the best I could come up with. So after a lot of effort the top made it down to my room.

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The old desk AKA The Origonal Epic Desk.

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Final product

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Take it easy,

Paul

Update: Since posting this build journel, I sealded the concrete top with a satin polyurithane type product. Im realy happy with the results.
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Salta

Saturday I left Tupiza for Salta. Salta is a little town in northern Argentina and to get there, you first have to cross the boarder at Villazon. So Saturday morning I grabbed a bus for Villazon.

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“Go straight for Villazon, turn left for Mojo.”

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Once across the boarder i grabbed a bus for Salta. Salta is 8 hrs south of the boarder, fortunately the terrain was nice.

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I got into Salta around 10pm. And after much walking, i found a hostel. Though it wasn’t too bad, the city was nice at night.

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The next morning, they had a art fair. With some realy cool venders. Anything from knifes, to wooden pots.

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At one of the booths, a guy was giving away free oragami.

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After the art fair, i walked around the city a bit. They had realy cool old roads, parks and squares.

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I ended up finding a cafe and a cappachino. They had the F1 race on, oh yeah.

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One of the museums in Salta was housed in a realy cool old house on the main square.

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They had “mummies” that were burried up on the mountains, where the cold and altitude preserved them.

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Burried with the boddies were tokens, textiles and trinkets, also very well preserved.

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After two days in Salta, I decided to move on and headed south to Tucuman.

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Unfortunately, after checking in to the hostel, I got an email from my boss, telling me to be back in the states by friday. Well, after claculating the amount of hours to get to ATL, I realized I had to start moving pretty fast. So i checked back out of the hostel, caught a cab to the bus station, and grabbed an overnight bus to Buenos Aires (18hrs). But the time i spent in the north was fun, one day i will have to return for more.

Take it easy,

Paul

Ps: When trying to find a place to honor the more acurate illegal exchange rate, don’t listen to the inner voice that says “look there’s a cop, maybe he knows.”