Back to work, part 2

The Leons came back from Thanksgiving dinner with the Cooksleys and Steven set to work burning off the calories.

Steps in the process — locate the studs behind the drywall, mark them with blue painter’s tape, calculate the height for the desk at 30.5 inches per guidance from the web on desktop ergonomics, measure out a level line around the walls, then mount the brackets level and plumb that Steven ordered last week — the brackets arrived the day before Thanksgiving — while also working out where to not put brackets in order to be able to slide two-drawer file cabinets under the desktop and between two brackets.

After that, Jaquela helped Steven carry in from the garage two of the desktops — test fitting the parts to calculate what has to be cut off.

In photo above, one of the desktop pieces resting in position — the plywood is now stained black, using a black stain that is premixed with polyurethane. Then Steven applied two coats of clear satin polyurethane atop the stain. From a distance, it’s perfect. Up close and personal, it’s not perfect, but it should endure years of abuse from keyboards, monitors, pens, pencils, paper, glasses, paperclips, and countless projects that trundle into Steven’s work.

From atop a chair, a vertiginous view of the brackets and one of the smaller desktops test-fitted into place -- and all the obstacles that Steven is working around -- tools, chairs, network-attached storage devices, uninterruptible power supplies ...
From atop a chair, a vertiginous view of the brackets and one of the smaller desktops test-fitted into place — and all the obstacles that Steven is working around — tools, chairs, network-attached storage devices, uninterruptible power supplies …
Shifting perspective to floor height from the office entry off the pantry corridor -- brackets screwed to walls, blue tape to mark studs, unfinished planks of pine to use as spacers.
Shifting perspective to floor height from the office entry off the pantry corridor — brackets screwed to walls, blue tape to mark studs, unfinished planks of pine to use as spacers.

Meanwhile, out in the garage, Steven measured everything three times, then cut the two larger desktops down to size, and began touching up the cut ends — first with flat black spray paint to cover the raw cuts, then spray black satin stain mixed with polyurethane to blend with the surface of the finished desktops and, eventually, two coats of clear satin polyurethane sprayed over the cut ends to protect eveything. Sometime as early as tonight, the desktops will be ready to transport into the office for permanent mounting.

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