If you are thinking about making a desk out of reclaimed wood, look no further than old doors. Some old doors looks so gorgeous that they need to be used for something better than scrap, especially if you see people in your neighborhood throwing them out.
The challenge is finding a door that's sturdy enough. Some doors tend to rot and are best left alone, while others will last for years and years. In our scavenging experience, older doors are best, especially if they are made from a solid hunk of wood. Once you have chosen the right door, then you have to choose some table or desk legs. For desks, simple wooden A-frame legs will do wonders. If you are worried about the different types of wood matching together, then you can choose some metal legs. There are plenty to choose from, especially from IKEA.
All that's left is deciding on how you want to finish your desk. Most projects will involve some sanding to get rid of the old paint, then some varnishing. A few coats of varnish, probably coupled with some staining, will do wonders for an old door. Polyurethane can also be used.
Lastly, we've discovered that using a pane of glass to protect your hard work on your door is a great way of preserving what you've created. The glass pane will have to be custom ordered though, since not all doors are of the same size. Once it's chosen, your desk or table is complete.