Rustic X Desk from - Console Plan

Submitted by ezematis1 on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 06:09

I wanted to create a library table (big desk) for my two youngest boys so they would have a craft/homework space. I liked the plan for rustic x console so I adapted it to make this 7 ft desk. Kids love it so much I couldn't even get a picture of it before they started using it.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
2x for the base, the top was from an oak tree in the backyard
Finish Used
I used minwax ebony for the base. The top is a semi solid gray benjamin moore stain. Then I rubbed rusty steel wool and vinegar over it. Then topped with a spray poly.
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Fri, 09/13/2013 - 07:02

I love what you did with the finish on the top. It makes it look like metal. It looks so good with the black base. Very unique!!


Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:07

The vinegar will turn oak dark purple (not a chemist so I can't tell you why). The first coat of stain (gray) protects the wood (but not entirely) from that reaction. So when you rub the rusty steel wool and vinegar over the surface and let it sit, it creates depth. But it is easy.


Fri, 05/09/2014 - 07:55

This desk is great! I love the X plans, and I need a better desk than what I have. Would you be willing to do a plan post to share how you modified the console to a desk. While I've been lurking Ana-White for a few months, I've yet to actually build things, so I'm not sure I want to attempt going too far off plan on one of my first eventual projects.