Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #6: Drawers

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Blog entry by EarlS posted 10-07-2017 12:12 PM 891 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Seems like there is always something that needs to be taken care of during the time I could be working on my wood working projects. I have to say I’m jealous of some of the other LJ’s and how quickly they can move through a project. Still, I have managed to finish the construction phase of the desk.

The drawers are standard dovetail construction with a 1/4” walnut bottom slid into a slot 1/4” off the bottom edge of the drawer. Here’s my version of a dovetail cutting station. The plywood keeps the chips from flying all over the shop. The router rest and vacuum attachment works quite well.

The sides are 3/4” walnut with a 1/2 slot for the drawer slides. I used an ogee edge on the top of drawers to lighten up the top profile. Turned out better than I expected. I also partially prefinished the interior of the drawers by ebonizing the wood then wiping a couple of coats of Seal-cell mixed with ebony stain on the pieces.

Prefinishing the inside makes the whole finishing process easier. All of the pieces are flat, no corners to make sanding difficult, no vertical faces that might have a sag in the finish. I’ll simply turn the drawer upside down when I finish the outside and not have to worry about messing up the interior finish. The interior will get a final coat along with everything else when I set up the sprayer.

Rather than make the drawer slides from walnut, I dug up some scrap pieces of UHMW. They are screwed into slots in the drawer frame. This should eliminate any binding up caused by humidity.

I was also able to cut the drawer slots tighter to the slide dimension so there won’t be the usual up/down play in the drawer as it is opened/closed. All in all I hope it is a better approach than the usual wood slide.

I changed the drawer front design to match the arch profile on the back stretcher. The original design made the drawer fronts look like eyes while the new design reinforces the Asian feel of the piece.

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

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#1 posted 10-07-2017 12:26 PM

Hi Earl,

I think you’re making great progress. Sometimes getting pulled away from a project can help keep you motivated to get back at it.

This is going to be a great piece.

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

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