Mission-style mahogany desk #2: I'm REALLY horrible about blog entries - A picture of the back side of the desk

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 06-17-2018 05:04 PM 1972 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A view of the legs and progress on the desktop Part 2 of Mission-style mahogany desk series Part 3: Front apron mortises done, and an assembly of the frame »

I’m still so caught up in the doing of things, that the sharing of the doing of things doesn’t come to mind, but I’ve been busy on the desk, and am gettin close to completion.

Here’s a picture of the back of the desk, assembled.

For the mortises I used a forstner bit and my drill press and then cleaned up the holes. I hand-cut most of the tenons for the apron and bottom rail, then pulled a curve with a thin piece of wood and used my bandsaw to cut the curve, and a spokeshave to smooth it out.

Spindles were all milled off the table saw, with a little cleanup from my #4 smoothing plane, and the spindle tips were roughed out on the table saw (2 stacks of my dado blade), then hand cut to final fit with chisel and file.

The side pieces are already done and fitted, and that leaves the front apron and supports for the two drawers. I hope to get the tenons done for the apron this week, and start working on the drawers. My current plan is to use dovetails for the drawer joinery. Having never done dovetail joinery before, I have a lot of shop boxes to make to get some practice in.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 06-17-2018 08:56 PM

Looking good!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 06-18-2018 04:06 AM

Thanks, Matt. What have you been up to, lately?

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 06-19-2018 01:08 AM

Awesome piece, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 06-19-2018 03:40 AM

Thanks, NormG.

As with all projects, I’m learning a lot from this one. I am happy that so far, the structure looks exactly as I had imagined it, and things feel pretty solid when assembled.

Could use advice on the drawer guides. I will have two small drawers in front, and starting to do some research for drawer guides that follow a more traditional approach vs. slide rails mounted to wood.

Appreciate all the comments, and will try to post more consistent progress, along with the finish.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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