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Forum topic by BenDupre posted 10-08-2017 03:56 PM 547 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2017 03:56 PM

Hi i have a couple questions for the A & C experts. Here is the corner desk project i designed:

I decided on through tennon joinery. Here are the end frames:

Since this is a triangle shape, I have some 45 deg apron to leg joints. How hard is it to pull off a 45 deg stub tennon? Would you? Or what else might i try. I know i can “Scott Phillips” it with a pocket screw but i am trying to stay traditional. More because i want to learn the proper techniques.

Another question: what is an appropriate edge treatment for my slats? And legs? Should i chamfer or round over or just break the edge with sandpaper.

Third question: I am going to make a 2 in banded plywood top so should be stable. I will probably use biscuits. What is the best way to attach the top?

Thanks Jocks for the advice.


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#1 posted 10-08-2017 04:39 PM

I think if you gage from the outside, you can put in a mortise and tenon at 45 degrees or even dowels with the proper fixture to locate them. I don’t think pocket screws would look good in that area.

I was wondering why you chose to use through tenons instead of blind ones for a finished outside look?

For the slats, I would just break the edge with 150 grit or finer paper.

Cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 10-08-2017 04:55 PM

Regarding your top.
I made desks for my two kids when they were in elementary school. For the top I framed a plywood base and then glued real Linoleum flooring on the work surface. It made a great writing surface, was water and stain resistant and could easily be replaced. It comes in a variety of colors and some even look like leather.

-- Les B, Oregon

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