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Building the Spine Desk #1: Cutting and Gluing

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-03-2016 03:50 PM 844 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve set out to build a desk that I saw online. In this case much of the work has been done for me because the website where the desk is sold actually lists the dimensions of the parts. That said, I’m making a few small changes. I’m not revealing my target until it’s done, so stick around to see where we end up.

[Below] It’s just possible that this project could be made from a quarter sheet of plywood. I’m not sure yet, plus I’ve already violated that rule.

[Below] After cutting out the main parts, I glued up the ‘spine’. This is 3 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood. I used about every smallish clamp I have. It may have been overkill, but it was fun.

[Below] The prototype on the internet has plain plywood edges, but I’m gluing on pine strips to hide that. After this dried for about 1/2 hour, I removed the clamps and cleaned up the glue squeeze out. I’m trying to avoid major sanding since I’m dealing with plywood.

[Below] Here I’ve unclamped the spine and cleaned it up. Even though I’m using ‘good’ plywood, I found a few voids, so I’m filling them with glue and saw dust.

Tune in next time. Same Bat Channel!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 04:03 PM

Dave, If you are planning to color this table, stain or dye, be sure to show the area where you use the sawdust & glue filler. I’ve been curious about this method for some time, because the “experts” always warn about cleaning glue squeeze out, be sure not to smear it, etc., due to it’s inability to accept color. However, these same magazine professionals suggest the glue/sawdust fix for voids, and I don’t understand how these fixed voids can accept the color any better.

See you next installment.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 04:15 PM



Dave, If you are planning to color this table, stain or dye, be sure to show the area where you use the sawdust & glue filler. I ve been curious about this method for some time, because the “experts” always warn about cleaning glue squeeze out, be sure not to smear it, etc., due to it s inability to accept color. However, these same magazine professionals suggest the glue/sawdust fix for voids, and I don t understand how these fixed voids can accept the color any better.

See you next installment.

- Oldtool

I think I’ll be setting up an experiment with some scrap. I was planning on staining this. I’ll let you know what comes of it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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CharlieK

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 04:18 PM

Thanks Batman!

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CharlieK

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 04:21 PM

Your description of a desk with a “spine” really has me curious about the end result.

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 05:12 PM



Your description of a desk with a “spine” really has me curious about the end result.

- CharlieK

Sometimes I just can’t resist building something different. This one is for our church and I wanted it to be adjustable. Time will reveal all secrets.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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htl

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 05:08 PM

Years ago before it was a sin to use nails on face frames I would build, sand then stain then put on the sealer after that I would use colored wood puddy to hide the small nail holes and imperfections.
Lowes still has these small jars of colored puddy.
Once it’s sealed the putty won’t hurt.
Then put on the final finish.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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