Built-in desk, phone and device charging station, media equipment storage

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Project by Schwieb posted 12-21-2016 07:39 PM 1220 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow LJs, It’s been a long time since I last posted, but I have wanted to let my buddies know I’m still pecking away at woodworking. Part of my lack of posting is my frustration with loading photos onto the site. There is a 5 meg limit to the photo resolution for the site. I have a pretty nice Nikon camera that I like but the images size runs around 6+ megs so the site won’t take them and I just don’t know how to reduce them. I took these photos with my phone but the quality is just not the same. Oh well, I do apologize for the image quality. I need a lesson in reducing image resolution so I can post easier. I have several other projects I’d love to get out here to share with my buddies.

This project has been in the works for awhile. With the changes occurring in the media realm and getting a wall mounted flat screen TV, I didn’t want all that stuff in a cabinet under the TV so I planned the wiring to make a media center later. I planned it as a desk and wall mounted cabinet, so the wiring came into the back of the desk and cabinet. I planned sort of a garage sort of thing at the back of the desk and sloped the front about 5 degrees so when the doors were flipped up they would stay. Behind these doors hides a charging station and a place to stash desktop supplies like paperclips, tape, etc. to keep the desk neat when not in use. I hope my friend Paul Miller sees the inlay work my wife and I did on the door panels. We were very please with how it came out.

There are 3 drawers in the desk to stash things. I had planned to build a 2 drawer mobile cabinet to go below the desk for filing, but we nixed that idea. The left side of the upper cabinet holds the satellite tv equipment and attaching a computer allows us to access the internet here and use the tv as a display and to show personal videos and slide shows of family and vacation photos.

I milled all of this out of native Cherry, turned the leg for the desk. The top is laminated plastic edged with a Cherry.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 08:18 PM

It has been a long time, Ken. I’m like, “Schweib? Who is is this?
That’s a very nice piece of work.
As to the photos: Simply scale them in an editing program. I use GIMP. Any questions? PM me.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 12-21-2016 09:10 PM

a beautiful build ken, i love the Inlays, the horse looks similar to one i did some time ago, creative minds think alike…:) Merry Christmas Ken, i hope your family is doing well.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-21-2016 11:32 PM

Very nice Ken!
The horses look great and you worked together on them…... and still married and everything …. :-)
Seriously it all looks great and you should be proud of the horses. Are they actually inlays or are they marquetry?
Well done both of you.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 12:28 AM

Hi Ken,
Really fine work, I am also really impressed with the horses, so cool that you make thes custom made furniture’s for your house, you are a man of many talents.
For the photos, there’s a wonderful easy free photo program called Photoscape you can download, in this you can use a auto reduce size for a bunch of images in one process. That’s what I do. Ask if you need help.
Best thoughts and wishes of a wonderful Christmas to you and the family,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 02:12 PM

Super nice job Ken. Luv the horses inlays. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Have a safe holiday season

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 06-30-2017 09:05 PM

Nice job Ken, the marquetry is beautiful, these horses really do seem to have life!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#7 posted 08-24-2017 12:01 PM

I love the way you did this desk and wall cabinet. You did a wonderful job on this project..

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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