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Maple Desk with Pine Legs

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Project by Brandon posted 09-20-2010 04:38 AM 2545 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some leftover maple and maple ply, and so I decided to build a new desk for the “study.” For the legs I wanted to use material on hand and so I laminated two 2×4s then milled them down to be even. I’m really happy the way that the construction-grade lumber turned out for the legs. The design is rather simple and not much different than a table, but it’s my first desk/table and I’m pretty pleased how it ended up.

Photo index:
1. The whole desk
2. Detail of the top
3. Detail of the rabbet joint
4. The under-workings of the desk
5. Detail of the bevel on the edges of the top.
6. The desk in situ.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"





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dakremer

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 04:48 AM

pretty bold putting pine legs on a maple top! Didnt think I’d like it – but i do! the colors look great together! How did you color the pine legs?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 05:00 AM

@dakremer I told myself the pine legs were just going to be temporary, but I do like them. I still might upgrade the legs down the road, but I have more pressing projects for now. It’s hard to tell from the photograph, but I chose the best quality 2×4s I had around with mostly straight grain and few knots.

For the color I applied two coats of Minwax Sedona Red stain and then a couple of coats of poly.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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dakremer

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 05:30 AM

yeah that would look great as a table too! maybe some pine and maple chairs to match???

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 05:32 AM

Nice looking desk.

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 07:01 AM

That’s a fine desk. I like that you don’t have aprons. Should be easy on the legs when sitting in the chair. Nothing like wide open spaces to work on. Excellent job.

-Chad

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 06:19 PM

Beee you tee fulll!!

-- GX

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#7 posted 01-22-2011 07:06 AM

Great looking table/desk! Those legs look great for construction grade lumber! Good work!

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