Butcher Block for Our Computer Desk for $50.00

Monika O
by Monika O
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Having a builder built computer desk was great but the plastic top never sat right with me.
It is a long desk top (96 inches) and IKEA did not have the right size for us so we had no choice but make it. I did not want to spend so much on it so my husband and I came up with a plan.
Pricing butcher blocks was kind of overwhelming.
Visited many lumber warehouses but it still costed more than I wanted to pay for.

Ended up at Homedepot buying 2x4s and cut them half and perfect squares so the edges would not rounded. I did not like how it looked like just putting them together without cutting them half.

After it was done we glued them together one by one. Let it dry for a couple of days and the sanding has began.
The edges are sharp looking and for $50.00 it was a bargain. I think we saved a ton of money just like many other DIY projects what we have completed.
Here is the final product
It looks so much better than the silly plastic
Suggested materials:
  • 2x4s, glue, stain, polyurethane   (Homedepot)
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  • Robert Ferrell Robert Ferrell on Nov 09, 2020

    Where did you find the cabinets for this desk?

  • Nicole Bruno Nicole Bruno on Nov 25, 2020

    Could you tell me what color stain you used?

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 17, 2021


    Please help! What do you mean by cutting them half?

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  • Dave Dave on Sep 21, 2020

    Very nice.

    The grain looks great - did you spring for cedar 2x4s, or is this literally builders grade?

    I assume you did not use any dowels for this, Just glue and clamps?

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    • Monika O Monika O on Dec 01, 2020

      Yes, glue and clamp. After that I sanded it smooth

  • Monika O Monika O on Sep 28, 2020

    Did not use cedar, regular builder grade. Only glue and clamps. After sanded it down to make it smooth and even