Maple Computer Desk

  • Advertise with us
Project by Kevin posted 12-01-2014 01:43 PM 1939 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I would post a few pictures of the computer desk I recently built. This is probably my second major piece of furniture I’ve built. I’ve built smaller pieces in the past though.

All trim, legs, drawer fronts are made out of solid maple.
Sides and the top are built from 3/4” Maple Veneer Plywood.
Pocket Hole Joinery was used mainly throughout the entire project with the exception of attaching the top to the cabinets.
Fawn Maple toner was used to color the wood while lacquer was used to finish the project. All pieces were sprayed using a gun rather than a brush and cloth.

The desk looks much nicer in person rather than what the pictures show here.

It took much longer than expected due to I moved and it took me some time to get all my machines from my old garage to my new one and get it setup to a point where I could function to some degree.



-- Williamsburg, KY

15 comments so far

View Todd Swartwood's profile

Todd Swartwood

258 posts in 2891 days

#1 posted 12-01-2014 04:27 PM

Nice job Kevin,
It is a shame the ends are so hidden, they are beautiful. Keep up the good work.

Have a blessed Day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

View Kevin's profile


514 posts in 4371 days

#2 posted 12-01-2014 04:49 PM

Thanks Todd!

Down the road I plan to move that dresser that is next to the right side so I can expose the end more. Same way with the speaker on the left side, just need re-position it underneath the desk in the corner :)

You do the same Todd,


-- Williamsburg, KY

View Ken90712's profile


18051 posts in 4354 days

#3 posted 12-02-2014 12:30 AM

Awesome details in this, so much visual interest. great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View lightweightladylefty's profile


3658 posts in 4878 days

#4 posted 12-02-2014 03:11 AM


You’ve done an outstanding job with this desk. All the special details are superb.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

View Kevin's profile


514 posts in 4371 days

#5 posted 12-02-2014 12:30 PM

Ken and L/W,

Thanks for the compliments! It was a fun and relaxing project for the most part. I knew the two ends would not be as visible as I wanted to right now, but I was thinking long term and I wanted to create a balance with the trim detail on the sides. Once the other furniture in the bedroom is re-arranged the ends should be more visible :)

I’m really happy with the detail on the sides. I think it gives the desk a lot more visual appeal also instead of just a basic side panel there.


-- Williamsburg, KY

View MarkTheFiddler's profile


2068 posts in 3354 days

#6 posted 12-02-2014 01:55 PM

Howdy Kevin.

The desk is beautiful! I really like the trim work and finish. You have already helped me with my desk project. Is there any way to get a picture of the inside of the drawer cabinet? I’d really love to see how you supported your hardware and what kind you used. It just seems to me that you really know what you are doing and I could use a few pointers.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

View Kevin's profile


514 posts in 4371 days

#7 posted 12-02-2014 02:32 PM

Hey Mark,

Thanks for the compliment! I can post a picture of the inside of the cabinet when I get home this evening from work. I learned a few tricks after I completed my oak desk a few years ago for the hardware and making sure of equal spacing between the inset drawers. Things are much easier if you are doing overlay drawer fronts and the need to be precise isn’t as demanding.

Another thing, since my legs were bigger than the panel thickness (3/4”) I had to use some 1/4” strips of wood to get to the same level as the legs when mounting the glides. You can see this in the photograph when I post it later this evening.


-- Williamsburg, KY

View LJackson's profile


295 posts in 2759 days

#8 posted 12-02-2014 05:31 PM

How did you create that rope detail? It’s really nice.

View Kevin's profile


514 posts in 4371 days

#9 posted 12-02-2014 06:01 PM


The rope I bought. It’s 1/4” maple at around $.80 per foot.


-- Williamsburg, KY

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4032 days

#10 posted 12-02-2014 06:10 PM

That is a nice design and you’ve done a fine job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View a1Jim's profile


118163 posts in 4743 days

#11 posted 12-02-2014 06:13 PM

Very attractive Desk Kevin


View Kevin's profile


514 posts in 4371 days

#12 posted 12-02-2014 07:27 PM

Much appreciated Charles and Jim!


-- Williamsburg, KY

View Kevin's profile


514 posts in 4371 days

#13 posted 12-03-2014 01:23 AM

Here are the pictures of the inside of the cabinet. Behind each glide is a piece of wood that is probably 1/4” thick, just enough to make the glide flush with the leg.

I started with the bottom glide and then used a piece of wood as a jig to place upon the glides to keep them level.


-- Williamsburg, KY

View Brodan's profile


354 posts in 2468 days

#14 posted 01-04-2015 01:39 AM

Kevin, beautiful desk. Nice design and details.

Did you do anything special to get what looks to be very uniform coloring on the solid maple? I ask because I’ve built a solid maple table for our flat screen and unsure of finishing without a blotchy finish.

Again nice job.

-- Dan, TN

View Kevin's profile


514 posts in 4371 days

#15 posted 01-07-2015 02:58 AM

Thanks Dan!

I did a lot of research prior to finishing the maple desk due to maple and cherry are prone to blotch. Here is what I did to try and prevent the blotch.

- sand from 80->150->220
- wipe the pieces down with a wet cloth really good to raise the grain if needed.
- once any grain was raised I did a final sand with 320

some would say to not go with 320 to sand since it won’t take stain as good.

I used Fawn Maple which is almost like a water consistency and sprayed it on with a HVLP gun. Waited 20 seconds then wiped any excess off/buff it. You can also take a rag and rub it on, just wear gloves. Here is the link to what I have been using lately.

I use their Alcohol Dye and Wiping Stain and it is probably the best I’ve used so far. I will not buy anything from lowes, home depot, wal-mart, etc…. anymore LOL. I didn’t even have to put a seal coat on using these products either :)

I’ve got access to a lot of maple/cherry I can practice on scrap pieces before diving in on the actual project.

Good luck :)


-- Williamsburg, KY

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics