A computer desk #11: Lid work

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-19-2019 11:53 PM 804 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Been busy, need to get caught up Part 11 of A computer desk series Part 12: Lid installed, PIP »

Among other things…4 hours of shop time…..wasn’t that great of a day..meh..
Began by tracing around the desk, once it was as centered as I could get it….then drill a few pilot holes…

Was hoping I would miss a few things underneath…nope…corner blocks were in the way. Placed the desk back on the base…kept trying to clamp things in place….finally found a 3×3 block, and clamped things down..

Fun part was lifting this thing up, onto the saw, where I could get to the pilot holes….had to re-drill a couple

Once there were enough screws to hold things together, then try to get this back on it’s own 4 feet….and noticed the poplar backer for the pencil tray had split….grrrrr. re-cut the 3×3 block a bit, and glued in a filler block..

Set up the rip fence…and ran that wavy plank through a few times….middle of the plank was the worst, chopped that out, then ran the leftovers through to get some bread board end stocks…..again, cutting out the worst..

Not much left….thought I could use the Stanley 45 to run some grooves…grain fought back…set up the tablesaw, and try that….

Meh…wound up later just using the router table….Plan WAS to use Roy Underhill’s through tenon bread board ends…Tablesaw again to do a bit of “chopping”

Knock the waste off with a hammer…used a chisel for a bit, then a plane..

This is the non-glued up “Top” laid out for a pair of tenons…

Backsaw to make some of the cuts….then a strange saw for a couple others..

Had two tenons ready…needed to chop two through mortises…..that didn’t work too well , board did the splits

Decided to just use a tongue and groove connection…Made a new end cap…..routertable to mill a better groove
Got Both ends done, then clamps and glue…and set aside

Then do the lid the same way….and get it clamped up..

Let these two sit a spell…then come back and sand everything flat and smooth….and try to figure out the meeting angles I need….and maybe start on some drawers? We’ll see….

Stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 01-20-2019 04:51 PM

May try again after lunch, and maybe get something done…waiting on the camera battery to charge back up…

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

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#2 posted 01-20-2019 09:50 PM

You wear me out just reading about what you accomplish!

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#3 posted 01-21-2019 07:26 AM

That looks like a lot of Dew!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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