- Posted February 17, 2012 by
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Turning Doors to Desks
A shopping team of our three founders was assembled, Jake Weatherly, David Shear, and Marci Hansen, and they took on the task of digging through the available doors at the local building material recycling store, BRING Recycling. David Shear then took the doors to his father, who happens to be a local woodworking artisan.
There was a decision to keep the doors in the as-is state. We kept all the dings and marks and yes, even the marked price tags on some of them. From there, David and his father took fence posting and wood dowels and set to work creating our desks.
Raw materials. No dumpster diving for us, Eugene Oregon is lucky to have a used building supplies recycling warehouse with a plethora of different kinds and sizes of doors for us to choose from.
Creating the legs. We picked up fence posts at the local hardware store for the legs. With a couple short vs tall requests, each leg set was customized so that the person sitting at the desk had it at the correct height.
Look Ma, no nails! Slots were cut into each leg and supporting slats were cut and fitted to accommodate the size of each individual door. To make it all as secure as possible, wooden dowels were pounded in to make sure it would stick together when moved.
Putting it all together. The desktops were glued to the wood frames as well as secured with more wooden dowels. Discussion was had on whether the legs and frame should get a finished primer coat or stain, but the unfinished look was too beautiful to cover up. The finished desks were carted to the new office in borrowed trucks. Each desk, picked out and crafted specifically for each employee, was placed in the new space.
Besides the nine desks, there was a conference table, kitchen table, several side tables, and a kitchen sideboard created from the doors. All of the glass tops for the desks were also recycled from BRING and the leftover doors? We covered them in chalkboard paint and propped them up in meeting spaces.
We’re all very proud of the work we put into the creation of these desks. They turned out beautifully and are an immediate discussion starter for anyone who comes to our offices.
Pinterest has been the first place we look for several other office projects over the past few weeks. It’s a wonderful resource and great for churning the creative juices!
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