Mission-style mahogany desk #3: Front apron mortises done, and an assembly of the frame

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 06-20-2018 02:41 AM 4148 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The front apron mortises are complete, and then a fit of the whole frame.

I have a few tenons to adjust, some research and eventual installation of drawer frames, and a lot of practice on dovetail joinery before I make the drawers.

Really happy with the way this is coming together. Happy to hear comments, as always. Thanks for looking.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 06-20-2018 06:15 AM

Looking good, Usually my first set of DTs get sawn of after looking / comparing to 2nd, 3rd attempts!
Did some half blinds after a few years and actually turned out not too bad?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 06-20-2018 04:44 PM

Looks very nice. I like your take on this design, the arches and spindles are proportioned nicely.

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

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#3 posted 06-20-2018 05:20 PM

It’s going to be a great looking desk. Are there any support ribs that will be running from the middle of the front rail to the back rail? Usually they are used for the drawer slides.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 06-20-2018 10:03 PM

Thanks, everyone.

Andre, I plan on practicing on building several D/T shop trays before going to drawers, and plan on hitting half bland dovetails on the 2nd one if the first attempt isn’t too bad.

Thanks, Jim. It’s always nice when I “get” the elements within the design.

Earl, I had thought about support ribs, and I will probably use another wood besides mahogany for those as I’m running out of mahogany, here at the end of it. Because of my placement of two small drawers on the sides, I have to use 4 boards. Either way, thanks for the info.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 06-22-2018 11:55 PM

Looks elegant!! Great work!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 06-23-2018 05:15 PM

Thanks, Matt.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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