Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk

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Blog series by EarlS updated 10-21-2017 01:19 PM 8 parts 11429 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started - Design and SketchUp model

07-25-2017 10:53 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

My youngest daughter asked for a computer desk for her 17th birthday. Well, it was last week so I’m already behind. She wanted something that had Japanese influences. After looking at countless pictures over the past several months I was looking at a side table on Kevin Rodel’s website and she saw it and immediately decided that was the look she wanted. The table is described as a “contemporary Asian inspired Arts and Crafts with roots in several old masters”. ...

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Part 2: Getting started takes longer than you think

08-13-2017 01:31 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

Armed with prints from the SketchUp model I headed out to the shop shortly after posting the first blog in this series on the Mackintosh desk for my daughter. I was a bit optimistic. After pulling several walnut boards out of the stack I quickly realized I needed to finish plane them to the appropriate thickness and run them across the jointer to get a straight edge. That took a couple of weekends to plane the ~200 BF between all of the other endless day-to-day projects around the ho...

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Part 3: Gridlocked and Broke Down

09-02-2017 01:37 PM by EarlS | 0 comments »

It’s been a while longer than I intended since I added to the build write up (sorry I’m old school and can’t call it a blog). Since I have drawings of all of the pieces from Sketch-Up I decided the best way to keep track of things was to hang them on the wall above my work area. Before I started cutting all of the various mortises in the leg pieces I pre-finished the grids. Since the grids have 2” openings, getting a good smooth finish inside them would be d...

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Part 4: Time for some Leg Work

09-02-2017 02:46 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

I’m on a roll this morning. Things are quiet around the house and I haven’t gotten distracted so it looks like I will get 2 installments of the project progress written up. There are a number of mortises that will be required for the legs. Initially, I was considering using a plunge router with a template jig that slid over the legs but decided that approach would be too tedious. I also wanted to figure out a suitable approach to using the router table to make mortise cuts. ...

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Part 5: Just a little off the top

09-16-2017 02:06 PM by EarlS | 2 comments »

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 t...

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Part 6: Drawers

10-07-2017 12:12 PM by EarlS | 1 comment »

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 dovetai...

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Part 7: Topping things off

10-07-2017 01:16 PM by EarlS | 4 comments »

I saved the best for last, or certainly the most challenging part of the project, the desk top. This is a close up of the top profile at the leg from Kevin Rodel’s desk. At first glance it doesn’t seem that difficult, cut some panels and glue them together, then cut a profile on the edge. I came up with a combination of steps using the table saw to cut the 45 deg bevel and then remove the remaining material with a 1/2 router bit. Unfortunately, wouldn’t work on tap...

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Part 8: Finishing up the Odds and Ends

10-21-2017 01:19 PM by EarlS | 4 comments »

Even with all of the “woodworking” complete there were still a fair number of things that needed to be finished. Generally, I keep a “To Do” list throughout the project to keep track of what needs to be done and in what order. At the end of the project, I start a new list for “Finishing”. Obviously, it includes the sanding, staining, finish, and wax. But the list also includes other things that need to be completed for the project to be “finished&...

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