New* Desk in Home Office (*Added Top and Back to Desk Made By Others)

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Project by David Grimes posted 08-21-2011 01:13 PM 2087 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original all oak desk was not too bad, actually. It was rather larger and made to fit into a corner with the shelves unit sitting on top. There were several ways to configure it, but all included being up against a wall.

With all the wireless stuff these days (wireless mouse, keyboard, printer) we thought we would prefer having the desk in the center of the room and NOT facing a wall.

To do that, I just added an oak plywood back to the file drawer and desk with drawer and keyboard pullout pieces, screwed them all together as a unit, added outside corner to the back, then made a much larger top of 3/4” plywood topped with black matte laminate (Wilsonart) , then finished with routed oak edge pieces mitered and glued/bradded to the perimeter.

The new and old finishes actually match much better in person that the pictures indicate, but in any case I was not going to sand and refinish all the original pieces so that it did match absolutely perfectly.

The remaining pieces (the 2nd file drawer, the printer stand, and the shelved hutch are all still happily together on the wall behind the desk holding the CPU and the Kodak printer. The only unused piece was the corner triangle desktop piece that lost out in this re-design. I’m sure I’ll use it for something.

We like our larger desk and I liked not having to start from scratch.

All the spots on the black surfaces are telling me something… I need to clean my camera lens. ;=)

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 03:14 PM

I really like the look of the black laminate trimmed with wood.

Now I think it’s time to give your computer desktop a makeover as well. All those shortcuts. Tsk….tsk.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Don W

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 03:54 PM

Nice David. Is that in your shop? Looks as clean. :-) < that’s a bit of jealousy writing>
I do like the desk though. I’m typing on a cherry desk I made a long time ago. I probably should post some pictures, but I’d have to clean it off and that would take to long and my wife would think I was dyeing or something. So the run on sentences ends, but keep up the good work.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 06:27 PM

Nicely done! Like Charlie, I also like black laminate (mica) for the top, because it will frequently tell you when to clean.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 06:43 PM

Thanks for the complements, guys.

@Charlie, I think you are the kind of guy that can keep other people busy as hell ;=)

@DonW, The desk will be a mess by this afternoon. I just fake my run on sentences with lots of … and keep on going.

@Woodworm, that is exactly why I use so much black… easy to keep clean, but it is a dust litmus for sure.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#5 posted 08-22-2011 03:49 AM

Very nice redo! I too like the look of the oak with the black laminate. Ya dun good!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 10:04 AM

Nice, I like oak and I don’t like to sit against a wall.
You have done a fine job there.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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