Originally Posted by Xonetacular
awesome. so the legs are MDF- which part is aluminum? I would love to see a few close up detail pics of how the legs look since from the first pics it looked like solid aluminum.
how difficult was that to do by hand? I need a desk and wonder if it may be worth it to give it a shot building one but I don't know if I have the patience or skill to do something that nice only being able to work in my apartment.
Everything structural is MDF, the aluminium is merely 1,5mm sheet used for "aesthetic purposes".
It wasn't particularly difficult, just time consuming. I think the most difficult part was getting the paint right; I used spray filler on the whole bench, and hadn't tested the paint on the filler beforehand. They reacted with eachother, and the filler came off
So I had to re-sand large surfaces on the console...
Next up I used a foam based paint roller, which turned out to cause hundreds of small craters in the paint surface
New rounds of sanding....
Moral of the story; do paint tests upfront!
It pays doing detailed planning, making sure you haven't forgotten important details. Personally I prefer working with hand tools on the details, as it gives you the time to stop and consider things underway. Also, MDF is hard enough that every detail takes time to "emerge", making it easier to shape things correctly.
I'll do a few closeups, just give me a couple of days