Taliesin Desk in Cherry #5: Second Glue Up and Wedged Tenons

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Blog entry by JimYoung posted 12-03-2015 04:19 AM 2194 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The second part of the leg glue up is pretty complicated. Luckily, my Father In-Law was in town for the holidays and he gave me a hand getting all the parts in place.

For the through tenons, I used a small amount of glue on the faces of the tenons to minimize squeeze out. Once the legs and “window frame” pieces were all clamped up, I taped off around the mortises. I then forced glue into the top and bottom of the mortise before driving the walnut wedges in place. Removing the tape left a clean joint.

After letting the glue set up, I trimmed the wedges and sanded them flush with the tenons.

The finished leg assemblies look pretty nice.

Tonight, I was able to finish up the central arches. They have wedged, through tenons, and a gentle arch to the bottom. After roughing the arch with the bandsaw, I used a hardboard template and pattern bit in my router.

It’s starting to look like a desk!

Next up is the front apron and drawer supports.

Thanks for following along,

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

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 09:05 AM

What beautiful legs and craftsmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 06:43 PM

That is looking nice now. Rodel sure included a lot of details on this desk. Very handsome.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 09:28 PM

This is going to be a masterpiece.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 12-04-2015 02:29 AM

Thanks for the kind words, but I think stefang is getting a little fresh! ( ^ ;

I made a lot of chips tonight milling down the apron pieces. I had to stop and clean the shop and empty the dust collector (2nd time for this project).

Any suggestions on wood for the drawer boxes? I’m thinking about using “soft maple” rather than birch plywood.

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

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#5 posted 12-04-2015 02:46 AM

Beautiful and right up my aesthetic alley :) On no plywood on this please :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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