How to Make an Incredibly Shiny Reclaimed Wood Desk Top With

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Today I’m going to show you how we made a desk top and two stair treads using some reclaimed fir, and how to finish them with a shiny coat of epoxy resin. This desk top is part of a complete makeover we did in our shared boys bedroom, where we built a custom loft beds.
how to make an incredibly shiny reclaimed wood desk top with
My husband works for a hydro company, so on occasion when they have to replace the old poles and cross arms the employees can take the old wood home. I didn’t know this until recently, but hydro cross arms are made from solid fir. They don’t look like much now, but just you wait and see how this turns out.
how to make an incredibly shiny reclaimed wood desk top with
We cut all the cross arms in half, then jointed them and planed them so they were all the same size. Then we put a bead of glue on the edges of all the boards and clamped them together.
how to make an incredibly shiny reclaimed wood desk top with
Once the glue was dry we sanded the desk top, and then stained it using   Minwax Weathered Oak. This is a very light stain with just a hint of grey that tones down the redish color of the fir.
how to make an incredibly shiny reclaimed wood desk top with
For this high gloss finish I used  Envirotex Lite epoxy resin. Resin has a very specific way of mixing, so you have to make sure you follow the instructions exactly. After about 2 days of dry time, we installed the desk on top of the custom cabinets and bed we built.
how to make an incredibly shiny reclaimed wood desk top with
What a difference, right? Can you believe this wood is the same as in the first picture? To see all the details and the final room reveal, check out my blog
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  • River
    on May 22, 2019

    Wow! And no, I can't believe that is the same wood as in the first pictures, amazing! This is so awesome, you did an amazing job, I would love to have something like this, so would my puppy! Thank you for sharing!

  • Sue
    on Jun 3, 2019


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