Not satisfied with your current desk? Through this article you can build your own desk and make it look aesthetically pleasing resin and LED.
T-slot aluminium frame
To begin building this desk we have to first start constructing the base. For the base of this desk, you will need t-slot aluminium framing, we will be using this as you can build any design you want your desk to be without having to sacrifice on its aesthetic appeal. Since the farming is built in a t-slot design it can be bolted together while assembling. You can assemble the t-slot to the size and layout you want or you could bolt a rectangle as your base, with pillars on all four edges and a four more t-slots bolted together on the top.
Next up we will need some planks of wood for the desk. Make sure the wood being used is strong enough to withstand heavy weight on your desk. You need to cut two planks of wood that will be placed diagonal on either side of the desk and two broad strips of wood at the front of the desk, this will be further explained during step 6.
Now you will need a large plank off would that will be fixed at the top, cut it into the size it will need to be to sit over the base. You will need to create a small gap for your resin, for this you will need to cut wood horizontally and then keeping in the space for the resin, you will need to adjust it and cut it to the size it needs to be to fit the desk.
Just using resin to link both the planks of wood logistically is not a good idea since the resin could snap if you tried to carry it, so for this you will need some metal rods to add rigidity to the gap, drill some holes at the edge of the wood, the hole should be big enough to fit the metal rods. Then you will need to insert the metal rod into the drilled hole and attach the plank of wood, make sure to keep the same amount of gap for the resin that was previously measured.
Now that you have successfully attached the metal rods to the wood, you can start adding resin to the gap. Before you start pouring the resin to the gap you will need to cover the bottom surface with some tape, for this you will need to flip the wood and use Tyvek tape to cover the gap, make sure that the tape being used is one that the resin cannot stick to, you will also need to stick some clear tape on the surface of the plank of wood, just in case the resin over flows onto the surface it won’t get on the wood, you can use some blocks of wood at the edges to raise the wood above your workstation surface.
Now to prepare for the resin pour you need to keep your mixture ready. Since you will be using LEDs underneath the resin pour you could use a clear resin mixture to make the LED lighting more prominent however when the LEDs are off it might look boring so to make it looks aesthetically pleasing you can prepare resin of different colours to create a pastel rainbow resin block for your desk.
In separate containers creates your resin swatches, you can customize the colours to match your style. One the colours are created you can start pouring them one by one into the gap, be quick while doing this. Next you will need to touch the gap, with a blow torch carefully torch the resin, you will n\see some steam from the resin.
Now you can move on to the 2nd layer, the second layer needs to be poured while the first layer is in the gel like state, you can check if the first layer in in gel state with stick. For the second layer the colours need to be less pigmented and torch it carefully. Once it is cured you can encase it with a layer of clear resin this will give you a glossy finish, torch it. Once you are done with that remove the clear tape on the surface, you might need a cutter for parts where the resin has spilled on the surface, Place the wood at the edge of your workstation and take off the tape at the bottom as well.
If you want to make your desk cable friendly you will need to build a compartment with holes for the cables to fix in. You can you the picture provided as reference and start cutting the wood. With the help of a 3D printer, you can custom make the brackets which you will need to fix the wood pieces together and then you can start assembling the wood. You can now start attaching the LED. You a strip of LED and stick then beneath the are the resin will be at.
You will need to now go back to the resin and start sending it to give it an even smooth finish. You can cut the edges a little to give it a clean look. You can pour and spread out some Danish oil to give your desk a richer finish. You can then fix it over the desk. Test out the LED to see how it looks under the resin and you are done!
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