I have been waiting for so long to share this project! I have to admit, I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to turn out, but I am happy to report – I am obsessed! When I decided to redo my IKEA desk, I knew I wanted a statement piece for the table top. That is where Nate and I came up with the DIY torched desktop.
DIY Torched Desktop
What you need:
- Kreg Jig | Clamp
- Table Saw – optional
- Hand Saw or Miter Saw – whatever saw you want to cut your boards to the desired length
- Bernzomatic Torch
- Hand Sander
- Foam Brush
Cut boards to desired length
- I think this is the part that took the longest for us. I wanted to the top to by 24 inches wide. With 3 – 1×8’s, it was going to be just short, and with 4 it was too wide. Nate (he’s the best) used a table saw to shave off a little over an inch of each board so it would be exactly how I pictured it in my head.
- You can also simplify this project by taking out the endcaps. My desktop is four boards deep at 60.5 inches, and then two 1x8s (that Nate didn’t trim down) on the sides for a total of 80 inches long. Check out the picture if you don’t totally understand what I am saying here… I didn’t have a better way to explain 🙂
Lay out boards
- I think this is really important. Take a look at the imperfections on each board and decide how you want them to look when the top in complete.
Drill Pocket Holes to connect all of the boards
- Nate and I purchased a Kreg Jig for this project and were seriously impressed. If you don’t have one and like to DIY – go out and get one immediately.
Apply wood glue between boards and screw in the pocket hole screws.
- I would think you could potentially skip the wood glue – but I didn’t want to take any chances!
Let glue dry
Sand table top
- This is a step I figured I would skip but Nate insisted we do and I am glad we did it. Our boards did not totally line up – there were a couple ledges – and I told Nate it would be fine and not bother me… I was wrong – it would have totally bothered me.
Use a torch to burn the wood
- I was scared at first that I was going to start a fire in my garage. Don’t be scared – get close and burn it. If you don’t hold it over the same spot for an extended amount of time – you won’t burn your house down 🙂
- I recommend getting the high heat torch. I started when Nate was out of town with the regular Bernzomatic torch and it took me a hour to get the first part down. Nate pulled out the high heat torch and finished the rest of the table in 15 minutes – show off. It is more expensive – but if you value your time like I do, it is totally worth it.
Apply Polyurethane with a foam brush to finish
- I used a triple thick poly from home depot and applied two coats.
Place your table top and enjoy 🙂
This desktop is definitely the statement piece I was looking for. Finding new pieces and decorating is currently at the top of my list. I have used it as a background for a photo on my instagram already and it is so unique! I would love to have the torched effect on a kitchen table or something outside on the deck too.
TGIT! Nate will be home today after 11 days of being gone for work, and I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am to see him! 🙂 If you have anything that you must have for your desktop – make sure to let me know in the comments or send me the link!