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Cherry Curved-Front Desk #1: Design Down, Getting Legs Right

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 09-01-2014 05:24 PM 1347 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Cherry Curved-Front Desk series Part 2: SLOWLY finishing the legs, first glue-up »

This is my second project progress blog. I am a hobbyist who likes to try to build things beyond my skill set. I started this desk in the spring, then got waylaid by the live edge table I needed to finish. Today I started again.

I am making a Curved-Front Desk from the Fine Woodworking plan.

The first step is to do the legs. I got ahead of myself in the spring and did the shaping of the legs before I did the mortises. By the end of the week, I will have 8-10 double-curved cherry legs on my hands; hopefully, four will be usable. I can get in a hurry, and that is a killer on a project like this where the back legs are 1 3/4”x1 3/4”, but the front are 1 3/4” x 1 7/8”—the rough cut 8/4 lumber I got will just make 1 7/8” after milling. The extra thickness is due to the legs forming part of the front curve of the desk.

The legs will look something like this when done. I may try to cut the mortises in these legs before I give up and make two new back legs as well.

Here are the new front legs cut to dimension

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson



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gfadvm

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#1 posted 09-03-2014 12:27 AM

You may consider yourself a hobbyist but your projects always turn out very professional. I admire your willingness to bite into the tough builds.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 12:56 AM

That’s kind of you. BTW, just finished your separator. So far it seems pretty efficient.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 02:08 AM

Hope it works as well for you as mine does for me. Did you use some floorunderlayment/weatherstrip to seal the lid to the barrel? Pictures or it didn’t happen!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 01:33 PM

The lid that came with the barrel has a built in seal. I cut away the inside of the lid, attached two round pieced that fit just inside the ridge, and built the box on that. Seems to work fine.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 08:29 PM

Good plan. Mine didn’t have a lid.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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