The Built-in Desk

Duke using his brand new tape measure

Duke using his brand new tape measure

Ok, here is a little follow up to the story about the third bunk bed.  In an effort to use every little bit of space and in order to give the bigger Dudes a quiet place to do their homework, we designed and built a double desk and bookshelf.

The plan was to attach a bookshelf to the wall, with a work light on the bottom.  Then to build the desk so it just slides into the space under the third bunk.  After some hasty measurements I sketched out this rough draft.

The rough draft

The rough draft

Once I got the “ok” from Leane, Richie, and the Dudes it was time to start making some sawdust – and I made a lot of it.

Things started taking shape pretty quickly and before too long something that looked like a bookshelf and a desk appeared in my garage.

The desk

The desk

The bookshelf

The bookshelf

After a little bit of sanding (one can never have too much sawdust) it was time for paint.  We chose a bright white to try to match some IKEA cabinets in the room and to reflect as much light in the room as possible.

Suzie applying the white paint

Suzie applying the white paint

Then finally it was time for the install.  Needless to say with all the helpers I had that was a piece of cake.

The desk goes in

The desk goes in

Note to all parents:  This next part is Top Secret, skip this part.  Having once been a little boy myself, I was convinced that the desk needed a secret compartment.  So, after sending Leane out of the room, I showed the dudes the hidden compartment I made in the desk.

Looks like and ordinary toe kick

Looks like and ordinary toe kick

But behind the velcro attachments...

But behind the velcro attachments…

The Dudes, checking out the hidden compartment

The Dudes, checking out the hidden compartment

As a finishing touch Suzie painted the underside of Duke’s bunk a nice bright white too.

The under bunk paint job

The under bunk paint job

We liked the way the white paint reflected the light under the bunks and made it more enjoyable to read bedtime stories at night.

Cade got his bookshelf set up

Cade got his bookshelf set up

I gotta say Cadence was pretty excited.  He was trying to pile his books on the shelf even before I had all the screws in.

Well, that about it for this edition of the Adventure Journal.  

A final note:  As Suzie and I were driving home Leane sent us this photo of Duke and Cade reading at the desk.  I think that pretty much says it all.

Happy Dudes = Happy Grandpa

The desk is all setup

The desk is all setup

Thanks for following along, Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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7 Responses to The Built-in Desk

  1. Jimmy Mack Stone says:

    You missed your calling Grandpa, of course having a fine painter and supervisor to help does make things easier… Jimmy

    Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:04:19 +0000 To: anejojs@hotmail.com

  2. MrsB says:

    You’re like superman ^_^ I like how you all got stuck in, and the dudes are super cute! Good effort by all, North Wales & its tourist board are proud of you ^_^

    • Jeff Katzer says:

      Not sure how it happened but I’m delighted to be the pride of North Wales & the tourist board.

      Thanks for the nice thoughts and kind words. I’m blushing!

  3. mtbtokyogirl says:

    aww so sweet!! Look at the kids face! 🙂 They must be super excited!! 🙂

  4. Kevin says:

    I think the secret compartment needs a false back now that it has gone viral (international)

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