Keyboard Table

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Project by Gerald6279 posted 07-01-2012 10:53 PM 1829 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I built for my stepson. He wanted a small table to support his keyboard and mouse on his computer desk. He needed this so he could stand and work at his computer in efforts to get more exercise. His main stipulation was to use no crappy MDF, plywood or particle board it had to be real wood! So, it is made from cherry and finished with 8 coats of danish tung oil finish with 24 hours drying time and scuffing with 0000 steel wool between coats. The table was sanded starting with 120 grit progressing up to 400 grit to give it a good shine. The whole project is held together by glue, biscuits and dowels, not a single nail, brad or screw with exception of the adjustable feet. The leg assembly is joined by biscuits and attached to table top with dowels. I made my own design for this to meet the height, width and depth he wanted (36”L, 12”W, 12”H). The tools I used to make the parts were a Craftsman jointer, Delta bench band saw, DeWalt planer and drill / driver, Porter Cable router with shop-made router table, Craftsman table saw with shop-made jig for cutting the legs, Ryobi biscuit cutter, Wolfcraft dowel jig and several sanders by Craftsman, Ryobi, Makita and B&D using Titebond II glue for assembly. The clamps used were by Irwin and HF specials. This was my first project using cherry wood and I was glad I had read the blogs about it being easily burnt by tools. Luckily only one tiny burn in an area that was later hidden by the gluing location and light sanding, thankfully none in viewing areas of the project. My stepson was surprised by the look of this finished project and how sturdy it is. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of it totally finished but the only difference is that the legs have adjustable rubber feet. The picture shows regular screws I used to support it during drying time. In the background you can see my fancy sawdust expelling system a window fan at an open door to my messy basement shop :), which is another project entirely (and still in progress).

(7-17-2012) I added a picture of the finished project shown in use at my stepson’s home.

-- Gary, Indianapolis

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 01:24 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 07-09-2012 01:51 PM

Thanks Jack.

-- Gary, Indianapolis

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 09:19 PM

Nice work Gary. The grain is really beautiful.
Great job keep up the good work..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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