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Project by kansas posted 06-26-2011 12:13 AM 1783 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk is made of red oak and oak ply with a laminate top. It was made special for some friends, to the dimensions they wanted. The top is 1 1/2” particle board wrapped with 2” wide oak. figuring out the top was challenging, as the goal was to use the entire width of the laminate to get the maximum width for the top. I had to undercut the top to allow for the thickness of the oak, then that laminate had to go on just right as there wasn’t much room for error. I had to pick a router bit that would extend into the top just far enough to hit the laminate without being so deep as to expose the particle board.

The Desk stands 30” tall. On side is supported on 2 solid 3 1/2” square legs (catalog ordered to save time). I made the 4 corbels myself. They started as 1 1/2” x 6 1/2” x 10” oak. Then applied a 1/2” thick to the fronts to add a little more interest. They are mortised into the legs. I installed threaded inserts and bolted the legs to the top.

There is a sliding shelf for the keyboard made of oak ply. It has a drop down front. Slides came from Rockler but not overly impressed as they are a bit sloppy and came with no instructions.

The cabinet is sized from a file cabinet plan but I split the top drawer into two smaller drawers. Lower drawers have plastic rails on the top edges to hold hanging files. Those are also from Rockler. Drawer boxes are 1/2” baltic birch with box joints. It’s going into a corner but just in case, I made a raised panel for the back so it could be exposed if need be. Drawer fronts are just screwed onto the boxes.

Finish is 2 coats Minwax golden oak and several coats of wiped on poly.

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 02:47 AM

WOW. That’s nice. It has good details and looks great. Nice job.

-- Wilson

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 12:24 PM

Nice details. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 11:52 PM

Very nice!

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