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#1 posted 01-06-2018 07:12 PM

Sorry, I guess I should’ve clarified a few things. The bottom shelves are going to be made out of oak plywood. I think it’s 1/2” in the plans, but it might be 3/4”. I think you guys are definitely right about supporting that. I never thought about using it as a footrest, but it might be one of those things I just naturally do after it’s assembled. As for the side posts, I absolutely agree that they should be beefier. The original desk I designed was a lot smaller and they looked fine, but I decided to scrap it and remake the desk larger so the middle drawer would be larger. It was originally 15”, but I decided to make it a flip down drawer front and slide out drawer so I can store my keyboard and mouse, and my laptop when it’s not in use. It’s now 25”. I just copied over the design of the side posts to the new design because I didn’t feel like remaking them.

As for the top, the angle from one end to the other is 64”, so my thought was to cut a board to 64”, joint one edge on the jointer, square up the other end on the table saw to 6”, and cut off the edges at 45 degrees on the miter saw. Then, cut another board to whatever the length of the short board is plus around an inch or so, then line it up and use a doweling jig to line them up. Then I can measure where I need to cut, take the board off, cut it, then put it back on. I would use biscuits, but I don’t have a Domino, and they’re not cheap.

It’s really subtle, but there’s also a 22.5 degree angle on the outside. This is really just for aesthetics. I’ll attach more pictures after lunch.

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