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Project by Chris Davis posted 03-05-2009 03:51 PM 3474 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Double Pedestal Corner Desk that was completed in March 2009. It is a two pedestal corner desk with a hutch. The right pedestal has a standard file drawer with two regular box drawers and then a CPU storage section added the side. The left side has two lateral file drawer. On all the file drawers I make my own hanging file system by grooving out the drawer sides. On the lateral files I made the back support adjustable so that it could fit legal or standard file folders.

It also has a keyboard tray with a flip up door. I used to connect the front on the tray or below tray. Lately I’ve been attaching the front above the tray opening. I like this setup because it hides the space behind the keyboard when it is open . Another pull out that I incorporated into this piece is additional work surfaces that pull out from each of the pedestals.

The hutch has 6 doors, built in three sections. I originally planed on making it straight across the top, but at the last minuet I decided to raise the center section and bring the crown all the way around. One request from the customer was to keep the work surface open. So on the hutch I turned the two middle supports 90 degrees. This kept them on the back edge.

The finish was a very dark dye mixed 2 parts brown, 1 part red, 50 parts thinner. The dye was followed by a Dark Walnut stain. We put two coat of pre-catalyzed lacquer as the protective coat.

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 04:09 PM

Nice design. I like the lifted center section. Great job Chris!

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 04:27 PM

Thanks for the comment.

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 04:27 PM

Nicely done. It definitely has a deep, rich, walnut look to it. I’ve got a spot in my house it could go in right now!

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 06:02 PM

Another great project good work Chris

Jim

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#5 posted 03-05-2009 08:49 PM

Sorry Greg delivered it just this morning.

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 09:07 AM

Looks like you did a nice job on this cabinet..
I have been working on a similar design but I hit a BIG snag. When setting in a chair at the diagonal front of the desk you can’t open the drawers. Your unit appears to have the same problem. It makes the desk almost unusable for me and in order to make it so the drawers will open when I’m seated in front of the computer I have to make the unit too wide for the corner space I have.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 01:32 PM

LesB, Thanks for that input. Sometimes, as builders, we don’t see things like that. I don’t have a desk like that myself and I don’t ever put a chair in front of the ones I build. I guess there is no way around it except to make a compartment on the inside, like I did on the right. This would get the drawers a away from the center a little bit.

I’m not sure what my other customers have done. I guess thay just pull their chair back, they’ve never gave me any negitive feed back, yet.

Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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#8 posted 03-07-2009 09:10 PM

I had not worked on my design for a few weeks and you sparked me to get moving.
One possibility that seems to work (on the drawing) is to angle the drawer units at 22.5 degrees. Working with my usable corner space of 62 inches on the back sides and 18” deep drawers with a 32”desk front it works. I may also inset the desk front a few inches (rounding the inside corners) to help reduce the depth of the corner. I was going to insert my drawing here but I don’t have the time to convert it to HTML. If you are interested in viewing it I can email you a copy.

One thing I noticed on your design is you could have used some of the empty space between the desk top and the upper cabinets by putting adjustable shelves in on each side.
It is great exchanging ideas on this site. It is improving my designs and critical eye for details.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 03-09-2009 12:25 PM

LesB, I’d love to see your drawing. It seem that moving it too 22.5 degrees will work, but how will that look. Are you planning on keeping the desk top the same. It may help me visialize it to see it on paper.

Your right on the adjustable shelves. The only porblem would have been the I turned the center section’s legs to the back. I no longer have any support for a shelf. This is the customer’s design. After the fact she mentioned she would have liked some file cubbies dropped down in the center.

Keep me informed on your progress. I’d like to see what you come up with.

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