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Farmhouse Desk with Open Front Storage

Made to order for a friend's five year old daughter to grow into. She's currently in kindergarten, and one day will be able to pass it on to her children.

The top and body are all 2x pine, planed slightly thinner than standard thickness. The 3 bottom stretchers and the bottom planks are 1x4.

Joinery method is pocket screws everywhere except the bottom planks. These are secured at each end into a rabbet that runs the length of the front and back aprons.

The center of the pocket holes that secure the top to the aprons were drilled out with a 1/4" bit to allow extra room for any seasonal movement.

The frame was heavily stained in american walnut by rustoleum, then a coat of kilz primer/sealer was applied, followed by a topcoat of antique white latex paint.

The top was lightly stained with the same American Walnut, followed by three coats of minwax matte wipe on poly. This was my first project with wipe on poly and I think I'll use it from now on.

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