New desk for my computer #11: Top cleaned up, and installed

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-14-2019 01:10 PM 567 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: A little assembly work, and a top glue up.. Part 11 of New desk for my computer series Part 12: Drawer start up.. »

Sounds simple and easy enough to do? Remove the clamps from the glued up top….only sounds was from a couple of the cawls…creak. Laid the top onto the desk….and scraped away the dried glue….we have ways..

Stanley #70 scraper. Was made to remove painted on shipping labels, from wooden crates. Works great for dried glue, price tags, bar codes they print onto the wood….

Couple of clamps to keep things from walking away….between a beltsander, and a couple other sanders with a coarse grit….along with the Jumbo Jack…

Got the under side of the top just about flat…

Flat, but the ends were a bit wavy….we have ways….

Guide fence for the circular saw…trimmed both ends. Underside was as good as it will get..flip the slab over, and work on it a while..had to rotate it, to get to both ends…

Went across the grain, until the “high” spots matched the “low” spots…..A #3c also was run around, for a few smaller spots. Place the top on the tablesaw (after I had cleared it, and lowered the blade out of the way) and drilled a few holes to attach the top to the base…

Corner brackets, get a slotted hole. Slot allows the top to expand or contract as the seasons change….Drill a center hole, then rock the drill forward and back to back the slot….then lift the base up onto the top..

And center things up…no overhang in the back, 1-1/2” along the other three edges. Then screws and washers…

These were the easy ones….in was the ones in the drawer unit…

Not a whole lot of room in here. The “gap” in the back? Allows air to vent out, when you slam a drawer shut.
Had one spot, that kept snapping the heads of of screws…so, after the first 2 snapped off, a third was run in-between the first 2, using them as a threaded insert. Broken screws were already into the top…washered 3rd used the threads as the insert. Tightened right down.

Now, IF I can get this assembly off of the saw, and of to the side, again…..I can start building a few drawers.
Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 07-14-2019 02:21 PM

I’m lovin’ this!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-14-2019 04:05 PM

You find a knot on them broken screws? I don’t see a grease box in the assembly process, mine is in trhe form of a chunk of praffin wax:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 07-14-2019 05:20 PM

Mine is in the form of a plain, old candle….

Desk is now back on the floor…and ONE drawer front is done…..need the rest, and the sides and backs cut….Will get the main 4 done, then work on the skinny ones….

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

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 07-14-2019 05:55 PM

Looking mighty fine, there, bandit….It’s all coming together very nicely…!!

Purty soon you’ll have a ‘puter desk, and looks like plenty of drawer space for essentials.

What stain or finish are you gonna put on it….?

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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