Computer Work Station

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Project by Oldtool posted 08-12-2021 10:49 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson graduated college this year, got a job and an apartment, and needed a computer station to allow doing some work at home. Dimensions we agreed on are: 24” deep by 48” wide, and standard 30” high.

The first two photos above are directly after delivery & assembly. The stairs and steps into his apartment make moving in large furniture difficult, so this is my first attempt at knock down furniture.

Photo 3 shows how I designed the apron structure, the 4 apron segments secured to each other via a corner bracket. This made a sturdy structure that could stand on its own, however the top is fastened to this via traditional wooden clips or “buttons” as they are typically referred to, and made moving the assembly easy. Legs are then attached by 2 hanger bolts each, lag screw threads one end & machine screw threads other end. A simple jig was fabricated to help ensure proper alignment of the hanger bolts mounting holes:

I originally used 1/2” by 2 1/2” screws, which came up short as can be seen in photo 3. I then switched to 5/8” by 3” hanger screws shown in photo 4, which worked fine. My mistake was to draw up the build using 3/4” wood, but I left the corner brackets at 15/16” for strength, which changed the bolt length required. Photos 5 and 6 show the grove plowed for the buttons and the top underside – a lot of these used for secure attachment & assembly but still allowing wood movement.

The wood I used for the legs was aged cherry somewhere between 12 to 20 years, so it didn’t match the top & apron assembly which was new lumbermill sourced. In order to help eliminate this I dyed the new wood with TransTint number 6003 – Reddish Brown, to some success:

Now on to the next project. Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 08-12-2021 11:07 PM

Very nice table – well thought out and executed. I have to say that I’ve made a bunch of knock down table ( legs ) and not once thought about a jig to get the anchor bolts straight in. Thank You !
btw – the stain looks to be a pretty good match

-- 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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#2 posted 08-13-2021 12:17 AM

Thanks Dick, as for the dye match, pure pot luck.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 08-13-2021 12:35 AM

Very nice looks good. He will enjoy his new Desk.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 08-13-2021 01:03 AM

NIce looking desk. Clever solution using hangar bolts for the leg attachment.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 08-13-2021 02:10 AM

Nice work, looks great.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 08-13-2021 02:16 AM

Looks like a sturdy table that will last for years, and it’s good looking to boot! Well done, Tom!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 08-13-2021 06:07 PM

wow, that’s fantastic

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#8 posted 08-13-2021 07:42 PM

Nicely done!

-- Petey

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#9 posted 08-13-2021 09:15 PM

Great work Tom. I wouldn’t expect anything less!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 08-14-2021 09:22 PM

Nice looking useful desk. he will really appreciate it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-14-2021 10:24 PM

he can be very proud of his nice new desk GREAT JOB :<))))) gratz top 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 08-14-2021 10:37 PM

Very nice desk, looks great.
The memories will stay with him for life!

Gary & Christine

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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