New desk for my computer #17: Last drawer, top worked on, stain...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-23-2019 04:42 PM 462 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, bought the last bit of plywood for the last drawer. Was looking to buy just a 2’x2’ square of 1/4” plywood….looked at the stuff Lowes had….more like a pinup picture, not a flat one in the lot. looked at the 5mm Luann 2’ x 4’ panels,,,,dollar more, but at least it was flat….got it home..

Shame to use this for a drawer bottom? used the bottom right corner…will save the rest for something that shows..
Right hand drawer is out of the clamps…tried to close it up all the way….was hitting something way in the back..

Those corner brackets I use to attach the top to the desk….the washered screws were a bit too low, back of the drawer was hitting them….adjust the back corner being where it passes under the screw..handle went on after the stain was done…

Ok, since the round-over bit was “voted” to be the best option, installed that in the router…
First, had to clear everything off the top of the desk. beltsander, then the ROS worked at getting things as flat as they were going to get…then this thing took over..

Was my dad’s Craftsman sander. still runs nice. Then an old, all metal B&D Sabre saw cut the front corners round, quart can of stain to give the radius..

beltsander to smooth the cuts, then ran the router all around the top’s edges…

Then clean the mess up, after the sander cleaned up the round-over…and grab a brush and that can of stain..

While this was drying…cut the plywood to size, made sure the back was the right length…glue, screws, and clamps

Again and issue with the corner block’s screws…notched the back to clear it. Drawer was now sliding in, alright, just too dang far….simple, I added a screw to the back of the drawer, and adjusted that until the drawer sat perfectly in the opening….stained, drilled for a handle, installed the handle….had to wait until evening….

Help arrived! Stashed all the drawers aside..

Shhhh, don’t tell the boss…then we flipped the desk over, to place it top down on top of my tablesaw…THEN I could get the stain and brush out again….anything that will show, got a coat….

Almost ran out of the stain! i did not stain the plywood back, nor the foot rest…will paint both black, later.
needed a place to stash the drawers, before the Boss sees them on HER dryer…

Can’t think of a better place. Plan right now, is to allow the smelly stain to dry, until it no longer stinks up the shop..then add a coat of clear gloss varnish…and see how that does….I’ll leave the desk on the saw, until I need to varnish the top….then I can get things laid out for the Hutch that will go on top of the desk…

Stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 07-23-2019 05:06 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 08:20 PM

Looking great. Excellent progress.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 07-23-2019 08:40 PM

First coat of Amber Shellac is now on….may take a few more coats…

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

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#4 posted 07-24-2019 05:48 AM

Not a big fan of stain, but it sure makes that Ash look good!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 07-24-2019 02:13 PM

It already looks very nice

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#6 posted 07-24-2019 03:49 PM

Very good. I think the round over is just the right touch….simple but elegant.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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