Harvard Trestle Desk

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Project by Juggler posted 07-10-2016 07:43 PM 1226 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this nice trestle desk of cherry. Mortise & tenon joinery, along with hand cut half-blind dovetails were fun. Used as a computer desk gift for my wife.

-- DJB

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 05:57 PM

Those angled dovetails are a really nice addition. This is a good looking desk.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 07-11-2016 08:26 PM

Thanks. I cut those by using a jig and the bandsaw. It worked great but I want to use a router dovetail jig next time with variable spacing for a cool look and lighter wood for the drawer sides for contrast. Thinking of a dresser.

-- DJB

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 05:32 AM

This is nice work I think, bit hard to see on my screen. The first picture is dark and the rest are very small but from what I can see it looks great. I built the same table minus the drawer.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 07-16-2016 03:50 PM

Thanks, Rick. The pix don’t do the table justice, but that curly maple finish is really a beaut.

I went to your link and it took me to the I saw the horns you made and happened to be just researching how to make a good and simple one of those. I love the 3rd one best with the folded design. Based on your tests and conclusions, I am thinking about trying to make one just like it but adding a little “key” where it folds back. The key I refer to would hopefully slip in at the back to make it a smooth curve back to the front and hopefully provide a cleaner sound. But even if it doesn’t, it looks great and sounds really good on the video.

Lastly, your comment about “If you want to hear a smart person explain it…”, I thought ,well you sound pretty smart to me and the explanation is simple and exactly what I needed. More isn’t always better, right?

-- DJB

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