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Forum topic by deadherring posted 11-27-2018 04:17 AM 423 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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deadherring

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11-27-2018 04:17 AM

Hi all,

I just finished a floating desk made from walnut, mahogany, oak and maple—pictures below. It is 2” thick and I am going to make two drawers from 1/2” ply that I will install under the desk to hold papers and stuff.

I am deciding on how to face the drawers. The desk came out great and looks super sharp and I am thinking about how to make drawers that go along with the sharp look.

I have some leftover walnut so I think I am going to use that for the face. I was thinking of a few different options to dress up the plain walnut:

1. wrapping the walnut in maple, mitered at 45 and maple drawer pulls.
2. Maybe doing some kind of edge treatment with a router bit? I’ve never done that before so any suggestions or links to bits is appreciated.

Happy to accept additional suggestions. Pictures and links are always helpful.

Thanks all!

Nathan


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bilyo

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#1 posted 11-27-2018 03:47 PM

This is a question of aesthetics and, therefore, is a matter of opinion. Mine is that drawers (or anything else) under the table probably should not draw attention and should be of simple unobtrusive design. I think the choice of walnut would be perfect, but don’t go big with embellishment. Maple pulls would be as far as I would go. IMHO.
Nice work on the desk. Looks great.

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Bill_Steele

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#2 posted 11-27-2018 04:07 PM

Nice job on this project—I think your floating desk great! What do you use to support the desk? I have a floating desk that I made out plywood and MDF (total thickness 1.5”) and I support it with a series of double slot shelf support brackets.

The high contrast in the color of the wood you chose is visually interesting and is really the “star of the show” here. I would probably tend to go with something simple (a single wood) for the drawer—like bilyo suggests. Don’t try to draw the attention away from top. I would also consider NOT adding drawers to the desk if the drawers will limit the range of motion where you can move your chair under the desk. Maybe a small rolling cabinet that has drawers if range of motion is limited by the drawers.

I added a wire chase/shelf below my desk where I run all my wires, surge protectors, sub-woofer, router, etc.)—it helps keep the desk surface a little clearer.

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deadherring

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#3 posted 11-27-2018 10:30 PM

Thanks guys.

@bilyo I used these brackets: https://ironsupports.com/collections/hidden-countertop-brackets/products/standard-front-mount-countertop-l-bracket

@Bill_Steele- I made a small box that is flush with the wall and faced with walnut to hide all the wiring.

20” for the large section and 12” for the short section.

Re: the drawers: the range of motion won’t be restricted. I will mount all the way to the right side, flush with the desk edge.

Now that I think about, i think you guys are right about not drawing attention away from the desk (both my wife and daughters said the same thing!). I will go with just walnut.

Do you think I should just do a regular edge—i.e no other treatment to the edge of the faces or route a profile of some kind?

Thanks!

Nathan

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bilyo

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#4 posted 11-27-2018 11:23 PM



Do you think I should just do a regular edge—i.e no other treatment to the edge of the faces or route a profile of some kind?

Your preference. Your desk edges look like a simple round over. You might consider being consistent with that.

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