Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #5: Just a little off the top

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Blog entry by EarlS posted 09-16-2017 02:06 PM 1919 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Time for some Leg Work Part 5 of Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk series Part 6: Drawers »

The legs on the desk are one of the unique features that set it apart from just another desk. Each leg is has an inside and an outside piece. They are spaced 2” apart with the grids providing the spacing for the top, and a 2”x3” spacer for the lower portion.

After the mortises were cut into the legs and the leg sections were dry fit together in the last post, the edge details for the legs needed to be finalized. The outside piece is rounded over from the front to the outside edge. The outside edge is also rounded over into the back edge.

The inside piece will have the same front round over from the front side to the inside face, but the other edges will remain square.

After ordering several router bits and trying out different looks I settled on a 1-1/2” round over for the front edge and a handrail round over bit for the side profile. These are a couple of big bits!!

To keep track of everything I numbered the leg sets and then also drew the relative profiles on the ends of the pieces. I always label pieces and lay out the cuts so I can keep track of everything. Making a mistake with a layout is easy to fix with a bit of sandpaper to sand off the lines. Realizing you missed something right after you cut it means you get to start over.

After routering all of the 1-1/2” round overs, I marked the pieces that needed the second round over profile and ran them across the router.

While I was at the router table I made the corbels that will support the table top. The corbels were rough cut on the band saw then finished on the router using a template jig.

All of the pieces were sanded. ebonized with iron sulfate, and then lightly sanded again, then the legs for each side were glued up. After the glue set I wiped on 2 coats of a blend of 4 parts General Finishes Seal-A-Cell and 1 part ebony stain. The stain should help with any thin spots from sanding.

The Seal-A-Cell is a bit of an experiment to see if it is any different from the Arm-R-Seal. I can’t really tell a difference at this point. It might wipe on a little better than the Arm-R-Seal (??).

I still need to figure out the curves for the drawer fronts and back apron and finish them before I can glue-up the base. That is next on my list now that the planer is fixed. The drawer boxes need to be made as well, and finally, the top is still nothing more than a stack of dimensioned lumber.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 09-16-2017 02:40 PM

Looking great!

That last bit barely fits your table, good call on the profile, very nice.

Should be done in no time eh? 8^(

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#2 posted 09-16-2017 09:52 PM

Very nice. Good practice on marking everything.

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

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