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Project by Luis M posted 01-04-2017 03:04 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this piece one week before Christmas 2016. It’s a present for my boys (8yrs and 7yrs). They have been in need of a desk to do their homework on.

I used cherry for the primary wood and poplar and red oak for the secondary wood. The legs were laminated using 8/4 cherry and the top is a 5/4 two board glue up.

I put three coats of shellac on the base, drawers and the top. This was my first time using shellac and I can’t say enough good things about it. The shellac dried so fast I was able to do all the coats in one day! Then I added 4 coats of wiping varnish for extra protection.

The overall dimensions are 50” Wide X 30” Tall X 28 1/4” Deep. The top was made from a single 5/4 cherry board that was cut in half and glued to make a two board glue up, it overhangs the base by 1/2” all around. I don’t have a jointer or planer big enough to accommodate the top, so I had to surface it by hand using hand planes. The legs were laminated using 8/4 cherry and four side tapered at the band saw. The side and back rails use mortise and tenons to connect to the legs. The drawer fronts, top and bottom rails where cut out of the same board for a continuous grain match. The bottom rail is attached to the legs using a double tenon and the top rail is attached using a single dovetail. The vertical dividers are connected using sling dovetails. The drawer runners ware connected using mortise and tenons and are made of quatersawn red oak which I happened to have on hand at the time. The drawers have half blind dovetails. The tails were cut at the band saw and the pins were cut using a dovetail saw and a chisel. I purchased the drawer pulls from Lee Valley.

-- Luis

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#1 posted 01-04-2017 04:01 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 06:11 PM

Very simple, clean design. I’m always impressed with dovetails cut by hand rather than using a dovetail jig. I use a jig since I don’t have the patience or the skill to hand cut them.

I’d love to see detail pictures of all of the framing dovetails and mortise/tenons. I’m also curious if the drawers have any kind of slider or if they just sit on the raised section (runner?) in the 3rd picture.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 03:27 PM


Unfortunately, I don’t have detail pictures of the framing joinery. But the joinery is identical to the Night Stand I build for my niece, see picture.

The drawers ride on top of the rails. The drawer sides run between the vertical dividers and the drawer stops. The drawer stops also act as guides. I picked up this method from watching Charles Neil’s videos. Using this method I don’t need drawer guides and that greatly simplifies the internals of the desk.



-- Luis

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