At long last, my pallet farm table styled desk is up!
This desktop is LONG. Measuring at 12 feet, the desk is prominent, yet proportioned with the sun filled picture window it faces. I LOVE that the windowsill provides a perfect spot for my little buddy to watch for those killer birds.
Cedar planks for the top, pallet 4×4 oak posts for the legs, and some 4 foot chunks of reclaimed 2×4′s for the framework. The table is rock steady, not requiring additional strapping for the legs, which I was prepared to do. The heavyweight materials, massive amount of screws and sturdy framing created a very sound piece of furniture.
The desk measures 12 feet long, 3 feet deep and 27.25″ from the floor, which is the perfect typing height for me. The framework just clears the rolling files perfectly!
The desk was created into three sections, to allow for a sitting area in the center.
Authentic details celebrated
Pallet stamps here and there are shown off rather than hidden, to offer up a little authentic rustic personality.
Chunky wood with glorious flaws are everywhere you look. The desk truly does resemble a farm style table!
All is… uh oh… killer bird on the loose! Atta girl, Teddy! The paperwork is safe once again.
This desk has a secret. The planks on top are actually sitting loose! Intending to fasten them down, the loose board trial proved the planks weren’t going anywhere. The wall holds them in place, and there isn’t enough overhang in front to flip the boards even when you lean on them. The loose boards make moving corded equipment a breeze!
The planks will stay in their organic rustic state due to this north facing window being a prime area for photo shoots. The desk can be emptied at a moment’s notice to photograph all kinds of small projects nearly any time of day.
While the separate planks create desktop divisions, each one is wide enough to take care of writing needs. The computer pad addresses monitor stability and mouse requirements.
Since the desk was so long, it yearned for some height. A light was desired anyway, so a funky fixture was formed using a barn lamp and vintage ironing board. Pretty fun!
Loosely stacked baskets offer storage with casual flair. After all, office work shouldn’t be THAT serious.
And put away that office plastic, because the goods here are homespun all the way!
The file holder is created from two hanging plant brackets screwed to a wood plank. It’s ample, easy to grab, unique, and free.
The coke crate is perfect for all sorts of office needs, plus adds a bit of true blue vintage character and colour.
A few FJI signature (fake) plants are scattered here and there to soften the edges.
$3.00 for new screws. All the rest of the wood came from my neighbour’s yard, and a pallette storage area. For free.
Desk – check! And I LOVE it. When I walk towards the desk, I want to sit down as quickly as possible and just soak up the warm and rustic environment. It’s so very me, right down to the last splinter.
Once upon a time not long ago I use to run away from this space. Now I visit countless times a day even when I don’t really need to. This change was long overdue, however was a direct result of a power surge knocking out a work computer. The loss of the extra computer freed up the room to tighten things up and revamp the entire space.
And this is only a small start. Now for the rest of the basement. Luckily, the back of my truck is filled with new found wood once again! Whoohoo! Stay tuned…
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Thank-you all for your incredible kudos! I got lost attempting to email everyone so I’m building a pretty large post addressing all questions and some comments. Stay tuned!
Just joining in? You can check out the rest of this project here:
The Pallet Farm Table Desk
All three parts are HERE.
Part 1 – gathering the goods
Part 2 – the build