Modern Computer Desk #10: Final touches: drawer knobs and legs

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Blog entry by Ron Stewart posted 04-29-2017 02:21 PM 1332 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Finding the right drawer knobs was almost as hard as finding the legs. We started out looking for something unique in color/material/texture (colored metal, crystal, art glass, polished stone, etc.) or form (rectangular, pyramidal, etc.) The number of available choices is staggering. In the end, we circled back to something small (to better fit the scale of the narrow drawers), with modern, clean lines that match the rest of the desk: Omnia Hardware Ultima II 9035 knobs that my wife found online. They come in three sizes, from 1” diameter up to 1 1/2”, and in various finishes. The 1” satin nickel ones are perfect for us.

I ordered the legs (“Big Craftsman” with a brushed finish) from Symmetry Hardware of Portland, Oregon. I’m very happy with them. They’re well-finished, sturdy, and heavy (about 25 pounds each). They’re easy to install, because each leg has a 5” wide mounting plate with eight slots. (The slots allow for wood movement.) I used 1” long, 1/4” lag screws. I was a little wary of using such short screws (Symmetry Hardware typically includes 1 1/4” long screws) and considered using through holes and bolts, but my worries were unfounded. The desk is very solid, with no side-to-side racking.

Attaching the legs was supposed to be the last step in this project. However, a final decision about the desk’s placement created an opportunity for an extra feature: a small shelf to hold (and hide) our cable modem and wireless router. I wrote one final blog post about that.

-- Ron Stewart

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#1 posted 05-15-2017 01:35 PM

Very nice desk!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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