Executive Desk

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 10-18-2020 11:37 PM 1730 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

Been awhile since I have posted anything, but just finished one of the largest pieces that I have built. This is an executive desk for my home office. Overall dimensions are 66” wide, 34” deep and 31” tall. It Breaks down into 4 major pieces. The top, the 2 banks of drawers and the middle panel that joins the 2 banks of drawers.

Constructed from SYP 2×12s from HD, the legs are 2”x2” with a cove cut on outside corners for visual interest and a 1/8” round over. All other pieces are 7/8” with the same round over. The bottom stretchers all have a curve that was drawn with a shop made drawing bow and cut on the bandsaw. I faired the curves with a spokeshave and sanding. The carcasses are assembled with mortise and tenon joinery. I got lazy on the drawers, and I assembled them with 1/2” ply and butt joints screwed together. The drawer fronts are 7/8” with a 1/2” round over and a rabbetted bottom.

The carcasses have 3/8” panels that are are set into frames. All drawer slides are wooden and shop made. I sanded everything to 220 and stained with Minwax Red Oak. The finish is Minwax Satin poly. Mixed 1/2 & 1/2 with mineral spirits. Wiped on with t-shirt scraps. 5 coats with a light 0000 steel wool sanding between each.

I have a lot of pics. I am going to add them below.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 10-19-2020 12:15 AM

Nice build.

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#2 posted 10-19-2020 12:55 AM

That is a beauty!!

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#3 posted 10-19-2020 02:28 AM

Great looking desk. I like the appearance you got with the SYP.

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#4 posted 10-19-2020 03:37 AM

Nice job; looks like a lot of work.

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#5 posted 10-19-2020 12:42 PM

Good work, job well done.

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#6 posted 10-19-2020 02:39 PM

Wow! Good work!

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#7 posted 10-20-2020 12:04 AM

Great build and write up !

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#8 posted 10-20-2020 05:06 PM

That’s really gorgeous.

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#9 posted 10-23-2020 01:26 PM

Nice work. I wouldn’t normally go with a roundover that aggressive on the drawer fronts, but it works.

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#10 posted 10-26-2020 11:51 PM

Thanks all for the kind words. I am currently working on a bookcase/hutch to go behind the desk. I’ll post when completed.

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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