Walnut Computer desk

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Project by marc_rosen posted 11-09-2019 03:32 AM 519 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Gang,
This was a project that was planned years ago, started in June, sat party finished for weeks and then was completed in early September. I had two book matched slabs waiting/wanting to be used for something exciting in our house and decided to replace my old computer desk. Before gluing up the top I ripped the other crotch section off so I would have a flat back to set against the pine wall of our loft. My original plan was to use this crotch section as a backsplash giving the desk a “double waterfall “effect – coming down from the back and then going down to the left – but that plan changed quickly after I dry assembled it. (It looked too busy and would have also been hidden by the monitors which now will be mounted against the wall, eliminating the typical monitor stands). I then decided to use the crotch section as a sub-imposed shelf to support the computer and printer below the desk top.
The miter joint uses 5 floating tenons and I affixed two metal brackets on the underside as reinforcements. I glued the miter cut-off in place to (almost) hide the metal brackets. I cut the other leg to leave two tenons, 1×1&1/2 inches, and then carefully transferred their location to the top and chiseled the mating mortises to make a very snug mechanical joint. I used Tightbond 3 for all gluing and filled the cracks and gaps in the top with epoxy.
The top is 1&1/2 inch thick and its widest point is 31 inches. The other leg is about 18 inches wide and was cut from a 2&3/4 in slab and flattened with a planes.

Thanks for looking and as usual, please, ignore the Woodduck

. . Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#1 posted 11-09-2019 11:38 AM

Nice work on the joints. Do you think you need the brackets? I have plans to make a similar hall table, I don’t want a stringer between the legs, but I think it is a must. Thoughts?

-- Petey

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#2 posted 11-09-2019 01:05 PM

That’s just stunning!

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#3 posted 11-09-2019 01:25 PM

Hello Petey and JB,
Thank you for the compliments.
Petey, my thoughts went back and forth about fitting the brackets. I thought simply gluing in the miter cut-off would be adequate to strengthen the miter joint but I did not want to take any chances on it weakening if it were pushed sideways someday. The hypotenuse of the cutoff was about 3/16 shy of completely covering the brackets (I dadoed it where it lapped the brackets) so a bit of metal shows up if you peek on the underside.
I do not think having a stringer is necessary for a hall table but if there is any chance of it being rocked I would recommend reinforcing the miter with a long L bracket ( a long piece of angle iron).
I have no experience in building waterfall tables before this but I think some type of reinforcement of the miter is necessary.
If your hall table is going against a wall could you incorporate a substantial corbel on its back side ?
I used a track saw to cut the miter and was thrilled to see it mated up at 90 degrees.
Thanks again for the compliments. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#4 posted 11-09-2019 02:54 PM

beautiful, beautiful desk. great engineering as declared in above post and how can a person ignore a pet, especially one so unique.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 11-09-2019 09:56 PM

Great table.

You also have a neat friend!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 11-10-2019 02:45 AM

Very nice desk. Great wood and a beautiful design. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 11-10-2019 11:44 PM

Hey Dick, Ralbuck, and Swert,
Thank you for the compliment and comments about my pet. Bindi is the second pet Woodduck for us, and I guess she “fits” in this category of being “wood”. .. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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