A computer desk #6: foot rest, frame details

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-09-2019 05:11 AM 745 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Sunday's Workout Part 6 of A computer desk series Part 7: Frame installed, desk sides milled »

Got the base out of the clamps…and set up to install the “foot rest” .....One will get centered..about 9” back from the front of the legs, the other will be around 5 – 3/4” or so from the back leg…

Two holes, two drills…third for the 1-1/8” screws. Drill the counter-bores first, switch drills, and drill the pilot holes..dab of glue. Rotate, and do the other ends…base can now be set aside…

Viewed from the “front” of the desk….while the pilot hole drill was handy..

Drilled a slotted hole in each corner block. Had to do some measurements, next…..needed two long “rails” and two short end rails…to build a frame for the desk unit to sit on…needed to cross cut a plank, joint an edge or two..

Find the exact center to set the rip fence….and rip the rails to width…then rest for 45 degree cuts…LOTS of them

Because the corners will use a tongue & groove joint to connect them….reset the blade height to mill the tongues

Reset the rip fence a few times…the grooves took a little more set ups…

Reset for the middle cuts….needed a chisel to clear away the waste..

Then a few dry fits…first one showed I needed to trim the end of the tongues

Finally got a decent fit at the corner..

Then do the other three corners…came time to glue this frame up…had some “corner clamps” to try to use, meh
One was tossed. at least they held things until some real clamps got installed..

Will let this sit a spell…while the glue sets up…you might be able to see a corner clamp, or two…

Depending on how Mom is doing tomorrow, I may start on the desk unit…
Stay tuned…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 01-09-2019 06:42 AM

That’s a different mitered corner! I am lazy, would just run a spline through it.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-09-2019 12:19 PM

Looking great! Have enjoyed reading along so far, enjoyed your thorough writeup of the project. Neat corners there – what would that joint be called? Mitered bridal joint?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 01-09-2019 02:13 PM

I agree with the others. That’s a neat corner joint. Where did you learn that one? I’ve not seen that one before.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#4 posted 01-10-2019 03:43 AM

Maybe a T & G Miter joint….since I am not very good at half-lap mitered joints..this seemed to be easier to do.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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