it’s all in the finishing and that rings so true for pj doland‘s jerker computer desk. the high-grade birch makes a big difference.
“i’ve never really liked the beech-finish laminate particleboard shelves (on the ikea jerker computer desk). they’ve always just looked cheap. earlier this spring i replaced all the shelves with high-grade baltic-birch plywood. it only took a few hours of work. i finished it off with a few coats of tung oil, which i buffed to a nice matte finish. here’s the result:”