Originally Posted by vampist
Well I recently (last summer/fall) went through what you are going through. I looked around and found that all GOOD desks are REALLY expensive.. So what I did was go to my local home depot. Got some wood, some wood stain and clear coat. Some screws, a nice little tool that allows me to make hidden screws in the wood. Voila built a desk. So my advice is if you are at all good with handy work. Build one.
I'll second that. DIY is the way to go right now if you can't afford a new desk. I just built myself a workbench for working on computers for customers. It turned out great. As for what vampist was talking about (hiding screws), it's called counter-sinking. You pre-drill the hole, then screw in the screw which ends up under the surface of the wood. You can then get pre-made caps to push into the holes, or make your own by buying a wooden dowel of the right diameter and cutting it to depth to push into the hole. Then when you're done, clear coat that monster with some good polyurethane (3 coats, sand, 2 coats...is my rule) and bingo. You may also want to stain it before hand, but since I bought knotty pine, I just went with the classic look.
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