Office #3: Dimensional Furniture #2

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 03-14-2009 04:24 AM 1432 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I was able to work much of the day yesterday and today on my desk. Yesterday got stuff cut down and prepared for assembly. did some part sanding. I decided to use miter cuts for the legs similiar to my assembly tables in my shop. I like the look better then butt joints. To cut the miters I used a great miter jig I picked up at a yardsale last year for $5, best dang $5 I have spent in a long time.


Of course like almost all of my projects I used the Kreg Jig. I do like it maybe a little too much, I do plan to work on some other joints in the future. This morning then I was able to quickly assemble the legs and get some sanding done before cutting the stretchers. I plugged up all the kreg holes left them to dry.


While I went out to look at finish ideas. The guy at Woodcraft was very helpful, I decided on a “General Finishes” Espresso colored stain. He said it should do a good job on the pine since it is actually a little heavier, even pulled out an open can in the workshop to give me a better idea of the look.


So anyway one I got home i was able to trim the plugs and dryfit the top, so my wife could see that I did do something on my days off.


More sanding and prep as well as the hutch to do. I will staina sample piece to se how it comes out tomorrow morning.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 03-14-2009 04:52 AM

Well, it’s coming right along. We look forward to completion. Someone here mentioned using shellac as a sanding sealer under stain on pine. Might look up the post. I’ve always had trouble with pine splotching.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 03-14-2009 06:56 PM

Looking good! Are those just simple 2×2s? I’ve been commissioned to build something for a friend entirely out of 2×2s, so I’m glad to see your joinery work here. I, too, have and love a Kreg pocket holer (the K3), and it was in the list of potential joints, as this isn’t for style, and will be covered by fabric. It just needs to be structurally sound for set-up and knock-down once each year. Did you join the long horizontals to the sides with the Kreg? My biggest concern at the corners of this piece is going to be pocket screws hitting each other. 2×2s get pretty tight for space.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 03-15-2009 01:57 PM

Thanks Thos. May look that post up. If nothing else for the desktop itself.

Gary, I ripped a set of 2×4s for the project so it did not look quite as heavy. The Kreg joint is used at each areaand seems to do fine. I too was concerned about screws hitting into each other the back stretcher is just a slight bit off from the two sides for that reason. Did not run into any issues.

Thanks for the comments, hope to get a little more work done today. Depends if my daughter lets me :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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