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Blog series by TigerTed updated 01-05-2017 04:37 PM 9 parts 8956 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Desk #1

09-04-2016 09:31 PM by TigerTed | 3 comments »

Purchased quarter sawn white oak for a new project.

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Part 2: Milling

09-13-2016 12:08 AM by TigerTed | 3 comments »

Rough milling, top glue up and quarter sawn veneered glued up.

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Part 3: Joining

09-22-2016 03:23 PM by TigerTed | 1 comment »

Jig used for cutting mortises and groove between mortises. Tried using plow plane but skate interferes. Front of jig registers against reference of workpiece. Router set to 1” deep plows mortises. Have stop blocks which are helpful when it is getting dark. When cutting mortises, you can see the laminations used to ensure quarter sawn all faces. That was a lot of work. Joint/plane/resaw/joint/glue/joint/plane…. Cut tenons on bandsaw by eye to one surface...

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Part 4: Joining #2

09-23-2016 11:46 AM by TigerTed | 1 comment »

Cut sliding dovetail for bottom rail and drawer divider with simple jig/chisel.Finished mortise/tenons same as before. Did a final mock up to make sure desk would fit/function well. Better to find out now. All ok.

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Part 5: Build up

09-26-2016 03:17 PM by TigerTed | 1 comment »

Mocking up assembly to get sense of square and layout of front dividers.

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Part 6: Glue up

11-14-2016 05:05 PM by TigerTed | 1 comment »

Some final glue up views.

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Part 7: Finish gluing up.

11-21-2016 05:27 PM by TigerTed | 2 comments »

Made dowels for 1/4” joints (panels) using dowel plate. Started to do the same for the 3/8” but decided to buy dowel stock. All my best efforts to make things square and I found some out of square when fitting the drawers. Making the drawers I used a simple shooting board to sneak up on a tight fit. Made out of square as needed by adding tape to fence of shooting board. Simple. Cheap. Fool proof. Next up making dovetailed drawers.

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Part 8: Drawer building

11-22-2016 05:21 PM by TigerTed | 2 comments »

Planing and cutting grooves is a challenge with thin drawer sides. My setup worked ok. Laying out dovetails cutting both sides at once. Using blue tape was a great trick I took from Finewoodworking. Couldn’t see the knife lines in my basement. Also tape works as nice mini fence.

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Part 9: Finishing..

01-05-2017 04:37 PM by TigerTed | 2 comments »

Beveling the corners of the top. Fuming with ammonia. Not sure I sealed it well enough. Color didn’t get that dark after 48 hrs though sample in tight bag did.. Followed up with couple coats of shellac and rubbed out with wax. The top did get couple coats of wipe on poly after the shellac. Used #8 screws through rail at the front 4x and 4x buttons at the rear to allow expansion of the top. Guess it would have been easier to buy this desk at Target for $1...

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