I cut the lumber for the desktop and lower shelves from some rough-sawn pine I was given years ago. I think the saw marks are really nice looking, so I’m leaving them.
To smooth the boards, but maintain the rustic look, I sand the pieces with 60 grit discs, then I use a wire wheel to clean up the remaining grooves.
Finally, I sanded them with 80 grit to smooth the surfaces a bit more, then I stained them a dark brown. Once they’ve had a chance to dry, I’ll seal them and sand with 120 grit.
I like the dark wood with the black metal frame. I thought about staining the pine ebony, but then decided that would be too much black.
The other wood pieces will make the box for the bottom. I decided to connect them together then use metal brackets to attach the assembly to the rail. This will make everything on the desk adjustable.
Part 3 will be putting everything together.