Cherry Computer Desk with Tigerwood (Blunders Included)

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Project by ChuckM posted 08-13-2010 08:15 PM 2748 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this computer desk out of cherry plywood 3/4” and tiger wood (edge banding and drawer – keyboard and monitor stand and its drawer) in June. The underneath bookshelf is made of birch 1/4” plywood. But the drawer for the monitor stand was only completed yesterday, because I wanted to build a drawer using dovetail joints and there wasn’t enough time for me in June. The keyboard drawer slides were from Lee Valley. The tiger wood was left over pieces from a previous hardwood floor project, from which many pens have also been turned.

This is the first time I tried the Leigh Superjig’s half blind (one pass) method. After two test cuts, I was able to find the setting for the perfect blind. Many users praised the Leigh manual but after reading it many times and actually using it, I think there’re four to five places where improvements can be made in the instructions. I’ll use the jig more so I can be better at my ability to use the jig.

Apart from the dovetail joint, dado grooves are the main joinery used in this project. The finish is wipe-on poly. Before I put on any finish, I let the piece sit under the sun for a few hours (around noon) each for a couple of days and the aged look is better than I expected. There’re several other ways to finish a cherry piece but I find this the most simple.

Blunders committed: oversanded a veneer corner; edge banding could have been done better; one of the fingers wasn’t tightened down and moved (you can see it in the dovetail jig close-up picture). Part of the joint was skewed slightly.

Valuable lessons: All of the above.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 10:44 PM

Nice desk and good work Chuck. As long as you have fun and you’re learning something at each session, you’re alive and you’re a “real” woodworker. The more important aspect is having fun.

The sun baths left a really nice color to the wood. I should remind this method. Knowing that pine darkens with age, I’ll try your method on a scrap piece to see if it could help to speed up the process with this species also. See, I’m learning too!

Thanks for posting and thanks for being honest so each reader can learn from you.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 02:23 PM

Great job!! I like the design and finish.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 04:38 PM

Curious—what is the keyboard height off the floor?

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#4 posted 12-10-2018 05:10 AM

Has the tigerwood darkened with age ? Do the stripes stand out more or fade away because the light areas get darker ?

Was it hard to work with the tigerwood ?

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