Learn How To Build An Eco Friendly Desk



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Learn To Build an Eco-Friendly Desk


Simple appeal, traditional joinery and minimal environmental impact all make this desk a classic project. I made it out of air-dried white pine and worked mostly using hand tools, with the hope that I was launching an heirloom into history that would outlive me. We'll have to see how its story works out, but I do know something for sure: the design performs well as a home for household paperwork. It offers organized storage for odds and ends, and takes up minimal floor space. I made it with as many "green" concepts as possible.

You can make this desk out of any wood, but if you plan to use the same traditional joinery and hand-tool approach that I did, you'll find most varieties of softwoods easiest to get along with. Also, keep in mind that while knots look attractive, they do make the wood more difficult to plane and chisel by hand. As you cut project parts, arrange knots so they don't land where mortises, tenons or other details end up.

I used locally-cut pine to reduce the desk’s carbon footprint. But to take it even further, you could attempt to harvest your own wood.

Wondering about some of the thicker than usual parts in my design? I planed all the rough lumber for this project by hand. That explains the appearance of 7/8"-thick wood on the materials list. It's what you get after hand-dressing typical 1"-thick rough lumber. That said, very little of the design needs changing if you’re using standard, ready-milled, 3/4"-thick material.

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