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How to make a standing desk with steel frame

Want to build a desk as a beginner? Then this article has got you covered. Building a desk has never been so easy, with just a few steps you will find yourself successfully building a desk. The article also touches up upon how to make a storage unit as an added bonus. 

Materials 

Wood

Steel tube 

Wood glue

Formby’s Tung Oil Finish

Spray polyurethane

Plastic parts cabinet (24 drawer)

Plastic parts cabinet (64 drawer)

Building the table top

You can begin by making the border for the project. The border is made up of hardwood, hardwood is used as it is more durable and will not have dents and nicked areas. 

You will need a strip of oak and measure and find the centre of it, you will then need to cut the piece in half. You will then have to cut the pieces to a smaller size, this is done to make it more manageable and then cut a 45 degree angle on all four pieces, this can be done with the help of a miter saw. 

Place the pieces  next to the table top and mark where the miter should cut. You then have to cut the pieces mashed on the markings made. 

The table top is a plank of plywood, you can then lay it on top on melamine, this will you you a nice smooth surface to work with, you will then have to apply glue on the pieces and attach them to the sides of the table top, you a few brad nails to secure them in place. 

Once you attach all the boards to the surface, the table top is almost complete. Flip the table and fill in any gaps that can be noticed, you can use wood filler to do this. You can then start sanding it. 

Last, apply a couple of layers of tung oil finish, you can use an old t-shirt to apply the finish. This will result in a smooth yet tough surface. 

Making the frame

 You can now start working on the frame for the table. For the frame you will need 1” square steel tube. Measure and mark the length of the tubing. You will then have to cut the tubing with a cut off wheel on an angled grinder. Doing this may give you an uneven rough end, for counter this you will have to clamp all the pieces together against a flat surface, this is done to make sure that the tubing is leveled accurately, and flatten the rough ends with a grinding disc. 

You then have to place the frame on a flat surface in the position you want it to be, you can use a magnet to make sure that the tubing remains at a 90 degree angle. You can then clamp the pieces and start welding them together. Once you are done with this you can ground out the wends, this will give you a smooth finish. You then have to repeat this process again and make another frame for the opposite side. 

You have to cut another piece that will go across the two frames, this cross brace should then be parched at the area that will weld them together. 

Once they are welded, you can ground the welds for a smooth finish and clean any surface rust with wire disc. 

You can add another cross brace at  the back side of the frames. Doing this will have the frame more secure. 

Lastly, you can then clean up the surface and spray it with a coat of polyurethane. 

Constructing the storage unit

Since the frame is done all you have to do is place the table top over the frame. You can place a cutting mat on the surface, if it is sliding around you can tape it to the table. 

If you want to build a storage unit for your spools of wire, you will have to cut MDF. Cut the MDF at the same length as any other storage box available, then cut two more pieces that are identical. You can use your spool as a reference and then place it over the MDF, draw a rough outline of the hole. 

Use double sided tape and stick both the MDFs together, doing this will make the cutting process easier. You then have to drill the hole that was outlined and cut the MDF pieces with a bandsaw. You can cut the pieces in the size and shape you want the sides to be. 

Then start sanding and glue the pieces together. Use some brad nails to secure them. 

Then paint the MDF, Inside a dowel through both the sides and paint the dowel too. 

You are done! 

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