Modern Desk #2: Getting to the fun parts

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 01-10-2020 12:12 AM 346 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Clemmons

It has been too long so here are the highlights:

I cut the legs to rough length and resawed them to be able to make the grooves for the angle braces. I have more success marking the centerline of the stock than setting a one point fence.

I used some of the offcuts to make some color samples. The inspiration piece has a black strip at the back and Greg isn’t certain what color he wants for the remainder of the desk. I made two attempts for the black: the first is black TransTint (TT) dye 1:16 and Minwax Ebony over that. I have used this previously and it works well but I wanted to try just using the Minwax ebony because it would be easier. It looks like I will be using the TT dye.

The samples with color are straight Arm-R-Seal (ARS), ARS over TT Dark Walnut dye 1:30, 1:60 and 1:120. I hope Greg will prefer the straight ARS due to the reduced workload for me. :)

Cutting the stock for the top to rough length.

These are the pieces for the top laid out in the order that looks good to me.

I use Dominoes to keep the surfaces aligned during glue-up.

The above pic shows the Dominoes used to keep the two resawn parts of the legs aligned.

These two pix are the legs just standing on the top of the top just to get a good idea of what the finished desk will look like. You need to stand on your head or turn your computer upside down. haha

These 4 pix are routing the grooves for the corner braces which I will epoxy into the legs after the legs have been glued together. I was fortunate to have the right side router bit for the braces so I only needed a single pass to get the groove 1.25” wide by 1/4” deep. My thanks to LeeRoyMan for the process. I also intend to insert a dovetailed cross brace but more on that in the next episode if I live that long!

Thanks for looking.

-- Art

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#1 posted 01-10-2020 12:36 AM

It’s really interesting to see your process. You are one of the better builders I’ve seen, so I’m always happy to learn from you.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 01-10-2020 01:42 AM

Good start, thanks for the pictures. I look forward to seeing the finish product.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 01-10-2020 01:48 AM

It is a very clean and simple design, but I appreciate the work and craftmanship to pull it off.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#4 posted 01-10-2020 01:05 PM

Art: Interesting process and design. Great work as always.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#5 posted 01-10-2020 01:39 PM

Interesting process on the leg braces, have to keep that in mind

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 01-10-2020 04:29 PM

Looking good!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 01-10-2020 09:48 PM

Art, beautiful design and walnut.
The dominos will certainly stabilize the glue up on the top and sides.

Nice tool$!

I’ll be following…..

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 01-10-2020 10:19 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I won’t have much shop time for the next few days due to life’s vagaries but the excitement to see the completed the project is starting to build. :)

-- Art

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#9 posted 01-17-2020 03:41 PM

Art, did you get a Grizzly gift certificate for Christmas?? 8^)

I’m drooling over your wall of awesome planks, wish I had that wood.

The build looks like fun. Your work skills are envious, keep it coming!

(Those pictures are all fake, I don’t see any proportional piles of sawdust anywhere 8^)

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#10 posted 01-21-2020 01:14 AM

Splint, I had all these same tools when I lived in the Land of Entrapment. The jointer & planer are on their second set of cutters because the white oak is tough on them.

-- Art

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