1-Board Cedar Desk Accessory Set

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About This Project

This build is the prototype for the 1-Board Cedar Desk Accessory Set plan. From 1 cedar fence picket, I was able to build this set in 1 afternoon. It was a fun project that I'm hoping will make a great gift. No angles, rips or special cuts were required. The only tools needed were the miter saw, nailgun and palm sander. Of course you could do this all with hand tools, but I love my power tools! :) The inspiration for this plan was some desk sets which I had built entirely from scrap wood. I thought it would be fun to make a plan to build them from just 1 kind of board, just 1 board, and cedar pickets came to mind. You could also do this plan with craft boards - you would need 2 pieces, 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 2'.

The build was really very easy. A lot of sanding to get the picket nice and smooth, but not difficult. The plans show where to cut as you go, to get the best fit and account for variations in the sizes of the wood.

I finished this one after assembly, but on the next one I'm going to try it by finishing all the little pieces first.

Cedar fence picket
Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
This was finished with Minwax Express Color in Walnut. I followed Ana's tutorial for this (in the Finishes section). The only thing I did differently was to use a small paint brush to get the stain into all the nooks and crannies. Top coat is 1 coat of Minwax Oil Modified Water Based Poly.
Estimated Cost: 
$3 for wood (finishing materials already on hand)


Fantastic! I need to find those cedar fence pickets and get started on some desk accessories! =D

Yvonne @ sunnysideup-stairs.blogspot.com

Thank you so much for your nice comments! I hope you find your cedar pickets, I'm sure you'll be able to whip up some "desk bling" in no time! :)