A desk to match other tables I've made

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Project by ic3ss posted 08-30-2020 04:59 AM 1022 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We bought a new house and some new furniture has been on the list for the last ten months since we moved in. I needed to make a coffee table, four end tables, and a desk. The tables I completed last month and now I just finished the desk.

It has three drawers on the left side, my wife wanted it on the left. And a center drawer. It’s made of cherry and jatoba inset panels. This is a continuation of a design style that I started when I made our bed frame in 2015, followed by night stands a year later.

I installed a small power strip into a little box under the top, and cut out a section of the top for access. I’ve seen these done before but others have always cut the hole by ripping the top and crosscutting the section out and then gluing the parts back together making the hole. Or the other way is to use something like a jigsaw to cut it out and then use a different piece to fit into the hole. I didn’t like this method because I wanted the grain to be seamless.

The way I settled on was using my new oscillating multitool. If I used a block of wood as a fence, I should be able to get a pretty straight cut. So this is what I did and it worked out perfect because the saw blade cut a really small kerf that gave me plenty of wood to remove to dress up the edges. I used double sided tape to hold down a wood block, then taped down perpendicular one to make a 90 degree corner, and so-on. Keeping the oscillating saw blade up tight to the block I took a deep breath, gritted my teeth and plunged down into the top. It worked perfectly. I smoothed out the edges with a rasp and ran a round-over bit around the edges of the top and the plug.

This is really the only somewhat novel idea I had for this project.

I also did a stringing inlay using some Holly that I had left over from another project.

The drawers are 20” deep, the center drawer is 18” deep because of the power strip box. I used full extension soft close drawer slides.

I’m really happy with it and my wife is over the moon about it. Thanks for looking and have a great day!


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#1 posted 08-30-2020 06:29 AM

Wow! That is one really interesting desk design. Needless to say that stringing is so darn cool. The shape, curves and woods are truly unique.

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#2 posted 08-30-2020 02:33 PM

Really nice desk! It took guys to cut that hole in the top. I have the Rockwell Sonacrafter and love, a million uses.
Nice inlay as well.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 08-30-2020 03:49 PM

I should have looked at this desk before I looked at the tables – what an accomplishment. Kudos !

-- 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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#4 posted 08-30-2020 06:02 PM

Wow, that’s nice.

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#5 posted 08-30-2020 08:25 PM


It did take guts, but I was fairly confident it would work. I had made the cut on a test piece and found as long as I kept the blade at 90 degrees to the top, and only turned the saw on when the blade was already in the kerf that it would work OK. If I turned the saw on and then put the blade in I risked having the blade skip out of the kerf and putting a mark on the top. Also, I did have to complete the corners with a flush trim saw. The oscillating saw can’t really join the two kerfs at the corners without overshooting, especially with 1 1/4” thick wood.

Thanks for all of the nice comments.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#6 posted 08-31-2020 01:17 AM

Wow! Another great looking design. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 08-31-2020 03:28 PM

Super nice! I really like the arches, as well as the curves in the inlay and countertop. Great work. The power strip cutout looks really nice too. Way better idea than those little plastic drop in grommets!!

-- Pete

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#8 posted 09-15-2020 01:09 PM

Nice work. Love the inlay.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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