First?

First PrepHole carpentry project. Rate my shitty desk and suggest improvements.
Also, what the fuck is the difference between painting, staining, and finishing? Which one (if any) should I do to improve my desk? I don't particularly care about looks, I just want it to last long and not give me splinters and shit. I'm keeping it indoors (if that matters).

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    because you have weak joints you need more support for the legs.
    paint is paint
    staining stains the wood
    and finishing will most likely re refer to any clear film coating

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      First DIY? Pretty damn good, many posters never actually do things.

      Sand/rasp the rough bits that you will touch.
      Reinforce the legs with a board across the back and paint all of it with an enamel water based paint.
      If it is not for light duty, put stretchers from the back legs to the front, similar to

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        well I guess its not really my first diy just the first thing I made that isn't for the garage and I care what it looks like. here is my first weld project

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You aren't OP my good sir

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I know im

            https://i.imgur.com/Aly9zOh.jpg

            because you have weak joints you need more support for the legs.
            paint is paint
            staining stains the wood
            and finishing will most likely re refer to any clear film coating

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It’s better than no desk. Doesn’t look rigid at all.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No the fuck it's not. Before they built this giant pile of shit it wasn't there taking up space and being a wobbly mess. Now that it's built it takes up a shitload of space and probably sucks ass as a desk.
      I've been building shit in the garage since I was able to pick up tools, even as a fucking toddler I never made something so obviously shit.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Love you PrepHole

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        What an amateur, I built a working cold fusion reactor while I was still in the womb.

        Oops, I forgot to say 'fuck, shit, suck ass, shit fucking shit' to prove my expertise.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It’s not the 1930s anymore, you can openingly cuss

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's a hack job. You didn't think to do any sort of research on joinery?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >You didn't think to do any sort of research on joinery?
      Lmao no fuck that gay shit

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Remind me of a weird guy I worked with,was the definition of fake it till you make it. Despite his obviously fake stories, he clearly was a weirdo shut in who had severe social anxiety.

        He showed up to work wearing some shoes that didnt fit, they were far too big and looked like clown shoes.
        I asked him about it and he told me he had walked into the shoe store, pointed at them and asked for "his size" and then bought them without trying them on because "he isnt a woman"
        He looked really fucking stupid, and complained they didnt fit all that well.

        Thats you OP.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          imagine exposing your naked feet in public like some sort of common whore

          absolutely based

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >research
      he asked what paint was. I think research might be beyond him

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Rickety/10.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    better quality than Ikea

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >better quality than Ikea

      It is not better than the SNORRG desk or FLÅMMERSKÅG workstation.

      Take the meatball with lingonberry sauce pill, anon.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The joints are ill conceived. It's a work bench so I'd just finish it fast. I might just wax the top or poly & wax. At the most I'd bondo the joints and over the screws then paint it and poly.
    Learn to pocket screw or at least toe nail the skirt to the legs. Learn to get your cuts tighter. Practice one of your finishing techniques on this. Then get to the the real stuff.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    that looks terrible and extremely unstable
    you did everything wrong in regards to support and bracing

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    OP, you still have a chance, just use a bunch of L brackets around each of the legs like a pro

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >difference between painting, staining, and finishing
    applying pain
    applying stain
    applying my cock

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's bad. Never put fasteners into end-grain. Rigid structures are made of triangles, not lines (add angled support to your legs). Paint is pigment carried in a binder. Stain is thin paint or dye, so you can still see the grain. Finishing is the end of the project in general; sanding, painting, polishing, etc.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For finishing my desk I did a bunch of coats of oil-based polyurethane. I think 5 or 6 coats. Waited a day between each one. End result is great, the desk is very smooth and shiny, I've never managed to chip or damage the finish (and I'm not careful about that).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Oh yeah forgot to mention before the poly I put on a few coats of boiled linseed oil for a slightly darker color and added protection.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Something you should know about boiled linseed oil - do not put paper towels soaked with it in your kitchen trash can. It spontaneously combusts and makes a very stinky invisible smoke that burns your eyes. Had to throw the whole trash can away because the smell set in to it.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >buy chisels and hand plane
    >try to sharpen them
    >they're not getting any sharper
    >plane can't even plane
    I feel like I'm too retarded to even cut a piece of wood at this point

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i also bought a handplane, and I also am too retarded to use it. It's sharp and it cuts, I just have a really time setting the depth and making the blade square.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I figured out after like 20 years that you don't need to release the lock to turn the know to raise and lower the depth of the plane.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Post your plane. It may be one of the ill conceived designs.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous
          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            The best way to adjust that kind of depth adjuster is with a hammer. Tap it until the entire thing is just chunks of cast iron and then throw it in the trash. The older Stanley design was standard for more than a century for a reason. You can find them used in garage sales all the time still. Non Stanley brand Stanley's typically are a bit cheaper. If you are in the Portland area I will give you my old Stanley #4 clone for free.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Good advice can’t wait to burn this thing. I’m about 6 hours north of you, willing to meet halfway though.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    going to ask here to avoid making another thread. planning on making a desk out of https://www.bunnings.com.au/specrite-2400-x-900mm-33mm-timber-panel-teak-fj-laminated_p0229069, with legs at either end and the centre. will this chunk of wood be strong enough with these leg positions to avoid sagging, or do you think I will have to screw some metal angle to be safe? cheers.

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