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willhime

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02-19-2021 05:59 PM

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I got roped into building a desk for a family member and this is the one they picked. I’ve been trying to figure out how it was made and my first guess was similar to a bandsaw box.
After thinking it over though and looking at the picture it seems like another method was used since there’s no seam where the front would be sawed off then re-glued. Now my theory turns to either bandsaw then scroll saw to cut the top corners, or… cnc with an 1/8” end mill bit.
As far as the joint from the front panel to the surface is concerned, maybe there’s a very deep cut rabbet on the surface underside leaving only a 1/16 to accept the face panel ?

Any theories are welcome

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#1 posted 02-19-2021 06:20 PM

That is a very hansom design. And maybe not as difficult as you imagine. It is quite possible that the edges are mitered so that the seam is right in the corner so that it is not obvious. Even if that one is not made that way, it would be a good way to do it. When I zoom in, I note that they didn’t do very well in matching the grain of the drawer fronts with the rest of the desk. They lose points in my book. ;>)

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#2 posted 02-19-2021 07:00 PM

I suspect the front and back are solid while the top and sides are veneered. I don’t know if that answers your question.

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#3 posted 02-19-2021 07:25 PM



That is a very hansom design. And maybe not as difficult as you imagine. It is quite possible that the edges are mitered so that the seam is right in the corner so that it is not obvious. Even if that one is not made that way, it would be a good way to do it. When I zoom in, I note that they didn t do very well in matching the grain of the drawer fronts with the rest of the desk. They lose points in my book. ;>)

- bilyo


+1 i dont think it was cut from a single piece of wood,and being light colored most people wouldn’t even notice.

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#4 posted 02-19-2021 07:53 PM

Kind of weird that it wasn’t cut from a single piece, that would be more traditional. Maybe these are mass produced and the drawers interchange so when they are put together they just grab random drawer fronts

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#5 posted 02-20-2021 11:06 PM

+1 i dont think it was cut from a single piece of wood,and being light colored most people wouldn t even notice.

- pottz


I’m not arguing the point. It could be all veneered. I’m just wondering what makes you so sure.

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#6 posted 02-20-2021 11:48 PM

The grain of the drawers is not the same as the desk so the drawers were made separately I think. Looks like the top and edge are a little bit different colors too. I’ll bet this desk is really a top with a separate edge and the drawers were made separately. So, it’s a box, probably an open bottom too.

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#7 posted 02-21-2021 12:14 AM


+1 i dont think it was cut from a single piece of wood,and being light colored most people wouldn t even notice.

- pottz

I m not arguing the point. It could be all veneered. I m just wondering what makes you so sure.

- bilyo


well as you said the grain doesn’t match,but it could also be veneered.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 02-21-2021 03:04 AM

I see it as a solid wood frame, mitered at the corners, (I can’t see the corners so it’s only an assumption)
with a top rabbeted into the frame and the covered with veneer.
Obviously cutouts were made for the drawers, and then separate drawer fronts with no attempt to match the grain..

Edit: Cutout for drawers were probably routed out before the frames were assembled.

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