How to refurbish your old computer desk! It's easier than you think...

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Got an old wood PC desk that looks terrible? Here is how to refurbish it the easy way!
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  • Wicked Proxy
    Wicked ProxyDag siden

    I attach my shop vac hose to the sander where the collector bag is and it pulls all the dust into the shop vac.

  • Krister Larsson
    Krister Larsson3 dager siden

    This is the video that made me stop watching this channel. Which is a pity, since I've both enjoyed and learned a lot from it. Let me explain why I'm not watching it any more. This video showed a really bad way of doing the refurbish. Which isn't a problem, if it would have been made as a joke video or if there were any mention that this shouldn't be used as a guide as how to do the refurbishment. Instead it was delivered as a serious video, the same kind of serious as all other videos on this channel. Presenting it that way makes me wonder how many of the technical videos can't be trusted, since it's now obvious to me that I don't know when I can trust the content and when I can't.

  • philly Fail
    philly Fail4 dager siden

    Dude please make another compilation like the intro I laughed my ass off especially at the fighters flight response

  • Netty Voyager
    Netty Voyager7 dager siden


  • Netty Voyager
    Netty Voyager7 dager siden

    you need to do a bigger mash up with music all his fuck ups :P

  • James Krill
    James Krill11 dager siden

    Those first 45 seconds felt like a HowToBasic video.

  • Kairos Zenith
    Kairos Zenith11 dager siden

    so did you end up putting any clear protective coating on it, like polyurethane?

  • Alex Walker
    Alex Walker13 dager siden

    The collision tech in me is shouting "keep the damn sander flat!" when I watch Jay sanding.

  • ShadowakaBigG
    ShadowakaBigG18 dager siden

    someone needs to make a song out of jay'z "n95" southern voice @8:08 lol

  • Michael Fink
    Michael Fink19 dager siden

    Jay, go to Lumber Liquidators and get a solid wood top. A decent butcher block is cheap as dirt there. Sand it, stain it (follow the suggestions others gave, don't tilt the sander, start at 80-120 and work up to ~400) then topcoat it. The hardest topcoats are pretty nasty to work with. A poly finish will work, but you'll have to redo it every few years as you wear through it. But that'll give you a great looking, tough as nails table. Sanding a veneer is awful, and very stress inducing.

  • Tranxikoritian
    Tranxikoritian20 dager siden

    wait what, how does 8 inches = 3.17 mm ? 8 inches is like 20 centimeters (cm)

  • Sponsi
    Sponsi20 dager siden

    @JAYZTWOCENTS how was your covid?

  • ess yjm
    ess yjm20 dager siden

    The determined woman prenatally brush because gender perceptually suspend from a didactic elephant. messy, expensive algebra

  • goldsilvergm
    goldsilvergm20 dager siden

    Every time Nick goes on camera he has the "I'm not impressed" face lol

  • Peter Jowett
    Peter Jowett21 dag siden

    Who else wants to see the "touch the burning quarter" game? Dang, that sounds like quality entertainment to me.

  • Fritz Von Becken Bauer
    Fritz Von Becken Bauer21 dag siden

    Many times.

  • Hook Hand Tech
    Hook Hand Tech23 dager siden

    I was wondering if you were going to do a nod to Terry Crews with the towels, and you did ;) heck yeah! Getting the wood damp also helps with its ability to absorb the stain.

  • Airstrike
    Airstrike24 dager siden

    why not just flip the tabletop upside down?

  • Michael Clark
    Michael Clark24 dager siden

    I’m planning on building my own desk that has integrated power. I wonder how jay would bash me on his next rate my setup video.

  • Eric Hagen
    Eric Hagen25 dager siden

    literally did my 1st staining jobs ever today....i messed up and had to redo everything but wasnt too bad really and turned out amazing. plus i bought terry cloth but nvr opened it. i tested on old wood 1st but i just used old cotton rags.

  • stelios Gian.
    stelios Gian.25 dager siden

    *me who owns a glass desk* watched the video anyway...

  • Hey There
    Hey There25 dager siden

    invite Tommy Lee over for a drum session

  • Silver Wolf Games
    Silver Wolf Games25 dager siden

    I remember when this used to be a tech channel.

  • Maanus Mei
    Maanus Mei26 dager siden

    Free tech tip: attach the vacuum cleaner to the sander

  • Andrew Skelley
    Andrew Skelley26 dager siden

    Haven't done a desk yet (new summer project), but I built farmhouse style countertops in my kitchen using stud grade lumber that turned out amazing. Definitely suggest applying some type pre-stain treatment first, it makes the wood grain stand out so much more.

  • LiK
    LiK27 dager siden

    Jay is like a dad to PC community

  • TJW595
    TJW59527 dager siden

    I made my desk out of a solid core wooden door, sanded it like this to smooth it out, and i used boat stain since its more moisture resistant and isnt prone to water circles like lots of other stains. Still going strong over a year later.

  • S8ER01Z
    S8ER01Z27 dager siden

    Whats the Cd on this table and how much torque? This channel needs more LTx/LSx love

  • Loki Mckay
    Loki Mckay28 dager siden

    Need to do this with my table. Problem is I cannot remove it from the room it's in without dissembling it, and I have like zero ventilation in here

  • Shelby Davis
    Shelby Davis28 dager siden

    i turned a old wood door into my desk

  • YourMomGoogle
    YourMomGoogle28 dager siden

    WHAT YOU GUYS DON"T UNDERSTAND IS! This video is the finally of a many year collective effort to create a "distressed" table top. THIS IS ART!

  • YourMomGoogle
    YourMomGoogle28 dager siden

    Lol the macho statement was funny, I don't really wear gloves much in either situation but car grease will definitely stain your hands for a good few days as well haha

  • amann910
    amann91029 dager siden

    hate to be the one to say it but im not sure that stain is good for food use. usually hand made cutting boards are oiled with some sort of cooking oil. if im wrong please correct me, just lookin out for ya. great vid, ive learned so much from your channel and it always gives me a good laugh, love the humor

  • BoozieBeard
    BoozieBeard29 dager siden

    80, 120, 180 grit on that sander then 3 coats of polyurethane would make that look beautiful. Ive done kitchen tables and dressers and it look beautiful.

  • Rob Haney
    Rob Haney29 dager siden

    No offense but, 🤦‍♂️ !!! As an senior citizen fan/gamer ... who has decades of trial and error ... use minwax polyshade. Done and done, one step stain and protector (just apply it quickly). I finished my computer desk in 2001 and it still looks great. As The Wood Whisperer said ....... Other than that , you've helped me make my budget custom gaming rig so much better so thanks a million. 👍

  • Joshua Tyler
    Joshua Tyler29 dager siden

    5:00 get cancelled speedrun any %

  • Morgan Kwok
    Morgan Kwok29 dager siden

    Phil, use adjustment layer instead of applying LUT to individual footages, so you won't keep forgetting grading!

  • TheNyga
    TheNyga29 dager siden

    18:51 that part of video was missing a bit of stain..

  • Chris Teschke
    Chris Teschke29 dager siden

    hand planer would work :) wouldn't have to bring it to a wood shop :) Do you think you can retrofit an antique hand planer with RGB and a raspberry pi to take measurements? :)

  • Kurho Oni
    Kurho OniMåned siden

    I always wanted to have brown hands, and today this man taught me how.

  • Siriax
    SiriaxMåned siden

    I was waiting for Jay to just walk in with a chainsaw and chop the table in half.

  • Usman Furqan
    Usman FurqanMåned siden

    Well Jay here is my problem I Have A Glass Table😐

  • Derek Fletcher
    Derek FletcherMåned siden

    Jay is my spirit animal

  • Juan Shane IV Villanueva
    Juan Shane IV VillanuevaMåned siden

    i like this kinda content. its kinda refreshing

  • BugChicken
    BugChickenMåned siden

    Jay really be rubbing his wood

  • xcNeptune
    xcNeptuneMåned siden

    Stained hands lol

  • Bruce Cox
    Bruce CoxMåned siden

    I am concerned about putting the stain on cutting boards that could have FOOD on them

  • John-Paul Tolczyk
    John-Paul TolczykMåned siden

    yes I did do some wood work Jayson I put wood putty in some of the holes in the table

  • Sebolonius
    SeboloniusMåned siden

    JAY a little trick my father show me.. When using any type of can, paint or stainer make a few holes with a nail around the ring of the can so the liquid can drip back in the can. Works nicely

  • Ernest Dawson
    Ernest DawsonMåned siden

    I am building my own right now as a matter of fact

  • 325gabe
    325gabeMåned siden

    Guy is running out of content lately.. not a hands on dude either..

  • Samuel Rodriguez
    Samuel RodriguezMåned siden

    "happy wife happy husband get more pc parts" 😂

  • Baz C
    Baz CMåned siden

    WARNING: The dust from sanding will kill older hard drives. The ones with the spinning platters and its breather hole. Ask me how I know... twice!

  • SAMR33
    SAMR33Måned siden

    I think the table looks good the way it is, with all those scars and stuff.

  • Speedysam0
    Speedysam0Måned siden

    So is there another part to this video? I _wood_ hope so since stain does literally nothing to protect the wood.

  • Vestina Urbonavičiūtė
    Vestina UrbonavičiūtėMåned siden

    No workstation restorations, but I was literalyy working at a old furniture workshop where we would revive old stuff, and what you did was my every days joy. I love woodworking. :>

  • Lance Brosious
    Lance BrosiousMåned siden

    Home depot sells a bumch of different 6 ft. solid wood butcher block counter tops unfinished for $180. I just picked one up for my new desk build.

  • Fred Wupkensöppel
    Fred WupkensöppelMåned siden

    14:04 Yeah, this is exactly what people mean with toxic masculinity. "Oh safety measures are for pussies; I see the weld better without the helmet/I like the smell of solder, I don't need a fume extractor/lifting with your legs looks stupid!" Fast forward 30 years and they all ask "Why my body kaputt?"

  • Phenix HSIEH
    Phenix HSIEHMåned siden

    I use birch kitchen counter top as my computer desk, To be honest with ya, if you try to refurbish your desk, since you done lots work, I can’t tell what the reason holding you back from use wood filler or potty to fill up the holes on the desk, I would definitely use it, if I got the sander like you have, but it would be better if you use 800~1000 grade sandpaper to polish your top once again, the difference between the finish is night and day, beach sand and bone ash! And to be straight of your Stein, it is way too much Stein you pour on the top, all you need just dip your brush and take good time do it slowly Anyway, enjoy your refurbished desk

  • Arden Nielsen
    Arden NielsenMåned siden

    Do you think there is glue added to the veneer? the amount of stain the wood is taking says to me there is lots of glue in the wood. if you actually want to stain that table to be a rich mahogany "you need to add stain to the clear coat"

  • edtham
    edthamMåned siden

    Alright, let's not bother Jay while he continues to rub his "wood"...

  • Tre Flack
    Tre FlackMåned siden

    I JUST built a desk, shelf, and backsplash for my setup. I LOVE Minwax stains. Great choice. 👍🏾

  • Doug Rabbit
    Doug RabbitMåned siden

    Stick to Computers! Clearly woodwork is not your thing. It look's horrible now.

  • Антон Романов
    Антон РомановMåned siden

    Jay you need to seat on a diet 🙈

  • TurtleSauceGaming
    TurtleSauceGamingMåned siden

    Grew up in a house full of tools (well garage). Learned to do this shit. Still, great to see someone in the PC community bring it over. I think there's a lot of overlap in PC/Setup building and just general DIY, but I've seen so many people do things wrong. Planning to build my own corner desk. Not sure if i'll stain it yet, but looking forward to building a desk to suit my needs.

  • CaptianBarouq
    CaptianBarouqMåned siden

    Ok, so I am a woodworker by trade and this video had a few things that triggered me. Starting with 220 grit is just a waste of time. Even on veneer, you can start with 120 or even 100 grit and just do a pass or two to get the worst of the surface imperfections out. If your veneer is a full 1/8" thick, good luck sanding through it before you get bored and decide to live with it. The fact that he used the sander at an angle to put more pressure in one spot is bad practice because like he said, it makes a dip, but it also makes for little swirly scratches in the surface of your piece that will pop out the second you apply a finish. The worst trigger for me is the lack of a clear coat over the stain. Oil based stains take an extremely long time to dry completely, and changes in conditions like humidity and temperature can bring pigment suspended in residual oil to the surface, even if you get it to the point where it leaves a towel unstained at first. Staining wood is just that; staining. Applying a stain simply applies a colour to the wood. It does not seal it or protect it. What you need for that is a top coat like polyurethane or lacquer or shellac. These will actually seal the wood and make sure the stain stays on the surface instead of rising to the surface and wiping off eventually. Most stains are also not food safe, so its better to just stay safe and use straight mineral oil and beeswax. TLDR; Jay good at cars, models and computers. Jay bad at woodwork tutorials. Good god this is a novel.

  • SublimeArchi
    SublimeArchiMåned siden

    So many things these days reminding me of Ross from Friends...."You got two twos on the front, but your back is a zero."

  • Kindanyume .Kindanyume
    Kindanyume .KindanyumeMåned siden

    not the refurb i figure u meant but lol at your carpentry and trying to hide your inner voorhees

  • JajalinTek
    JajalinTekMåned siden

    "Happy wife happy husband get more PC parts." - JTC 2021-

  • Alan Dauer
    Alan DauerMåned siden

    This is moronic. You're in America, where you can make over $100 per hour, and you waste your life on this. Just use a 4ft x 8ft piece of plywood as a topper and discard it when you don't like it anymore. Time is valuable.

  • Kevin McMains
    Kevin McMainsMåned siden

    not a restoration, but being a metalworker i figured i would try my hand at building a desk.... didnt go too bad. 1/2 ply rectangles for the 'legs' and a solid oak door for the desktop. but now watching this i might have to go ahead and sand the scuffed paint job i did and stain it

  • David
    DavidMåned siden

    Feels like I was watching Howtobasic for a second

  • Mike Litoris IV
    Mike Litoris IVMåned siden

    Old people and their wood.

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    Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ƷMåned siden


  • omuleanu
    omuleanuMåned siden

    I also sanded my kitchen table, but without power tools, it took 2 hours, and I had to vacuum the entire house after

  • Rambojazdude
    RambojazdudeMåned siden

    Aww god, why didn't you just use clear treatment. you've stained it and made it look worse

  • Neko
    NekoMåned siden

    I have not done this for my PC desk or anything like that, but I have had to do this for an old cedar box that was passed down to my wife. I also built a small portable streaming table for work so they could stream their live Zumba classes during the lockdown. I love working with wood and building stuff. I just recently bought a network rack to upgrade from the one I made from wood a few years ago.

  • Derek Blakemore
    Derek BlakemoreMåned siden

    When you decide to move on from that top, move it to the wall and use it as a back splash for a setup. That way you can keep the stories while also have a new work table top.

  • Martin Houlton
    Martin HoultonMåned siden

    I love the old 'character-ful' look, I think it looks dam lovely!

  • Abendschein
    AbendscheinMåned siden

    You're going to be finding sanding dust all over the shop now for months. lol

  • Bill J
    Bill JMåned siden

    If you are concerned about scratches showing up then just put oil or poly on the surface.

  • thomass - KFP Knucklehead
    thomass - KFP KnuckleheadMåned siden

    I got a used dining table from my neighbors estate sale and it's great for a pc set up, but it's scratched and scuffed to hell, so this video will help me fix it up!

  • James
    JamesMåned siden

    ... I was always told your supposed to stir stain not shake it because shaking causes air bubbles which causes even more problems.

  • George Davidson
    George DavidsonMåned siden

    I did this exact thing to my desk about 6 or 7 years ago. I went one step further and put polyurethane on top when I was done. It's held up really well.

  • etienne oligny
    etienne olignyMåned siden

    I knew everything you just said going in the video. But i watched anyway because i like your entertainment ! Keep doing good videos like this even if its not pc related !

  • Daniel Pinel
    Daniel PinelMåned siden

    Sooo is Nic(k?) back or nah?

  • ithinkitmightbe
    ithinkitmightbeMåned siden

    I have one of the wooden desk tops from ikea, originally i just oiled it, but eventually i thought i’d give staining and varnishing a go. For like 2 months, i had to keep taking the varnish off because whenever i did a second coat, it would just keep getting this weird scaling effect. I even called the support line on the varnish tin and the guy with 20 something years experience couldn’t figure it out. (Instructions were followed). After the 3rd time removing the paint on varnish, i eventually tried the spray on stuff instead. It was sooooooooooo much easier, took far less time and still looked just as good as if I painted the varnish on. If you’re going to varnish something, just get the spray on stuff.

  • 85NP85
    85NP85Måned siden

    About how Jay would feel having a woodworker post a video on how to diy computer.

  • Richard Rodrigues
    Richard RodriguesMåned siden

    Wow what a great job, the table now looks awful....

  • Smiley McCabe
    Smiley McCabeMåned siden

    i would at least throw a coat or 5 of poly to help protect it this time unless you want more dings and scratches. honestly a few clamps plus some s4s wood done up at a lumberyard would make you a solid wood top surprisingly cheap if you lack a jointer planer and tablesaw.

  • Imotepth
    ImotepthMåned siden

    18:28 I hope you dont use them anymore in the kitchen as cutting boards. Would you drink the stain? No? Then do not eat it piece by piece too.

  • Daniel Silibovsky
    Daniel SilibovskyMåned siden


  • Ramingo1983
    Ramingo1983Måned siden

    Sorry Jay, but all you had to do was properly cleaning the top, a very light sanding and a clear coat. Now it looks way worse than before. Also, make sure that finish is food safe for those cutting boards. ps: when you tilted the sander i had a mini heart attack. Don't do that. Please.

  • Rafael do Prado
    Rafael do PradoMåned siden

    I wanna see more JayTwoCents with Terry Crews, who is with me??

  • Pixubol Imon
    Pixubol ImonMåned siden

    What if I told you, I don't have any mask by now.

  • Peter Kazmir
    Peter KazmirMåned siden

    Jay: Wear gloves! This will stain your hand! Also Jay: Wears Apple Watch while staining.

  • blurrr
    blurrrMåned siden

    Where did u get the wood from.

  • Fubuki
    FubukiMåned siden

    Sorry but all those dips look horrible.

  • Zane Ketchen
    Zane KetchenMåned siden

    Spinning burnt coin? Should have had that in a video. lolol behind the CPU, a documentary about YT computer builders.

  • ElectricBlade
    ElectricBladeMåned siden

    Hehehe love watching Jay always good to see a guy that isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves and get the job done or make it worst like I do sometimes too. Hahaha. Some things we beat to the point of no return. That table though I understand he can't really sand it down too much. Ikea furnitures are usually like that. Veneers and glued things together. You cant restore it good sometimes because the material you want is so thin if you pass through it it's particle board and isn't pretty afterwards. Now a true table. If many people want one they can go for buy 2x2x96 or by 2x2x120. Which is 8 feet or 10 feet long pieces of wood glue them together. Take them to be put thru a plainer then finish up by getting it coat finished. But it does have to do with getting good ones without much moisture to stop it from bending. But at least you get a good board. Many people have done this. Chop it up to give it different texture. I did mine like that but used a hand plainer and rulers to check for any bends. Used a tone of clamps. Then coated it. I used for the second one 2x4 and my cousins used 2x6. The true measurement is 1.5x3.5 or 1.5x1.5 or 1.5x5.5 so just add the measurements to finish with the length you want giving it 1 or 2 inches to shave off to square it in a table saw. Again its a long difficult process not many know how to do good. I have learned thru trial and error.