Reception desk #1: Project completed in 2 days! I Needed 4 days of rest after...

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Blog entry by Dewshan posted 04-11-2012 06:09 PM 14276 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am working on a reception desk for a local business. Using birch plywood with birch trim. Had everything done over one weekend except for the finish.

I like to cut dados first with the router on a festool track and then cut into separate pieces

the design features a built in monitor in the top. the easiest way I found to do that was to build around the monitor. 2 small dowels hold the monitor at the right angle.

I had to assemble this outside because it is a little cramped in my shop for a piece this large. On the second day it was 95 degrees outside- felt like it was 100 and a neighbors giant Elm tree decided to release its seeds that fell like snow! I had to fend off the blizzard of seeds from getting into the glue before assembly. The top will have a piece of glass that will cover the entire top. and hopefully look high tech.

The desk came back from being stained today- color is not what I would have selected but was done to match existing woodwork. Glass arrived and was installed.

They guy that delivered the glass was quite a character! Used to be a pitcher for the Dodgers in the late 1980s – pretty cool! next the desk will have an acrylic sign attached to the front with a logo on it and stand offs.

The desk is in position in the lobby. You can see the curved counter from when the building was built in the 50s in the background- The desk was made to coordinate with that counter- it could easily be 50 feet long and is curved into an S shape on the ends. Very nice piece of work.

Done with this project!

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 07:05 PM


I like the design concept.

Very nicely done. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 10:45 PM

Thanks! This is probably the first piece I have made that will be finished by someone else. They are trying to match some existing wood in the building. Hope it looks good! The front will have an acrylic sign with stand offs.

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