Laptop Desk: Episode 10

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There are a few finishing touches necessary to complete the desk. Paul has sanded and smoothed everything in preparation for finishing. The front legs are cut to the correct angle, before the three coats of shellac are applied.

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  1. allaninoz on 30 August 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Hello Mr Sellers and Team,
    The veneers that I have experienced on furniture have been very thin, so I am basing my question on that. Is there a potential problem of delamination occurring with people’s thighs moving against the front apron or does your thicker veneer solve this problem. If it is an issue could you add something along the same lines as a drawer beading as protection?
    Regards and thanks,

    • Philip Adams on 31 August 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Hello Allan,
      With careful application and trimming of the veneer, this shouldn’t be a problem. You can also make adjustments to the height and depth of the apron to avoid it being a rubbing point.

  2. jurgen01 on 30 August 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Once again, you and your colleagues have created a great project and a great video of that project.

    It is a beautiful laptop desk.

    Thank you.

    • jurgen01 on 30 August 2017 at 10:24 pm

      This desk would also be beautiful in cherry, mahogany, or walnut, or quarter-sawn white oak.
      A great design.

  3. oldman118 on 30 August 2017 at 6:46 pm


  4. david o'sullivan on 30 August 2017 at 8:51 pm

    beautiful. love the desgin . thanks

  5. pkinneb on 30 August 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Great design, execution, and educational video’s!! I have added this to my list of must make projects.

  6. David Marienau on 30 August 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Great project

  7. joeleonetti on 31 August 2017 at 7:00 am

    Thank you Paul. Do you also shellac and wax the brass hinges as well?

    • Philip Adams on 31 August 2017 at 10:39 am

      The brass hinges are usually buffed out, then you can apply a little wax to protect them.

  8. Hugh Roche Kelly on 31 August 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Beautiful piece.
    I think Paul used 240 grit sandpaper before the final shellac coat in other finishing videos- the same here? Couldn’t quite make out the grade used in this video but i imagine it’s more or less always 240?


    • Philip Adams on 4 September 2017 at 9:49 am

      Hi Hugh,
      It is indeed 250. We sometimes use 120 for initial shaping, but otherwise use 240 for sanding pre finish.

  9. jeffdustin on 3 September 2017 at 9:09 pm


    Do we need to use sandpaper. Hate the way it feels and looks and is a big waste of materials. Can I just use scrapers instead?

    Jeff D.

  10. Philip Adams on 4 September 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hello Jeff,
    The sandpaper gives the surface tooth which gives something for the finish to attach to. All the surfaces are planed or scraped prior to that, so the sanding of the whole project only uses a couple of pieces of 240 grit. Maybe try with and without on a test piece and see how you get on?
    All the best.

  11. Farred on 9 September 2017 at 2:59 am

    Beautiful. All that but I can’t stand using laptops 🙁

  12. hilfers3 on 21 September 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Is the method of attaching the pencil box used here a typical/traditional method? I see lots of antiques that have a small case piece on top of a flat top and was always curious how they were attached. Thanks

  13. Donna Tetreault on 12 April 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Beautiful desk. What size leather punch was used? And do you have issues with the sticky tape adhering to the wax finish?
    Many Thanks.

    • Izzy Berger on 16 April 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Paul says:

      I didn’t have any problems, I think it was probably 5/16”.

      Kind Regards,

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