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Did you ever have a project that nothing went right on. This desk was one of those. I built one years ago for my kids from a plan out of Woodsmith. I stumbled on that issue of Woodsmith looking for something else and thought that would make a good present for my grandson. That is when the problems started. I couldn't find the hardware locally had to order it, drilled holes ccording to the plan should have checked the coresponding pieces before drilling them, of course when I went to bolt them up they were off. When I finished it I used water based poly and expected the grain to raise. When this got finished you could get slivers off the raised grain. Had to take it apart and start sanding with 150 again to knock the grain down. The only thing that went right was making the drawers. The finger joints came out very well, the bottom fit the groove and they glued up square.
Some times simple builds are the hardest.

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Very cool! Ages ago there was a similar desk I saw in a catalog (Damark?) which was intended to be mounted to a wall-- always regretted not saving the catalog.
 

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The results have made up for the problems

It is a great looking desk and very practicle.

Jamie
 

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Looks like a lot went right by the finished desk ,great job.
 

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sometimes your the windshield sometimes your the bug, turned out great in the end.
 

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All's well that ends well, and your desk ended well. Great job!!
 

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Every dark cloud has a silver-lining!
You learned from this project, weather you realized it or not, your subconscious mind will stop you from repeating those mistakes when you went off course.
 

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Looks great! For a couple of years now, I've been wanting to make that desk for some little ones in the family. If you're making another one for the second generation, then the design must be pretty sound.
 
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