Student desk #1: Frame and top.

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 12-01-2014 02:41 AM 1781 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been working on my son’s desktop for a while now. I have a Christmas due date so I had to get a move on. The desk frame took me all weekend. That really surprised me. I imagine I could go a lot faster If I didn’t fly by the seat of my pants all the time. A plan might be helpful.

Any how, I’m using rabbit joint joints for the first time and they came with a whole bundle of lessons. They didn’t come out perfect but I believe I can do better next time with a router and a few quick jigs.

I also used a router planning sled for the first time. It really helped me flatten out the Baltic birch desk top.

I’m about done stretching the envelope on my abilities. In other words, I won’t be using box joints on the drawers. ;)

Here is what I have.

Those are the sides and middle desk sections. I Pre-sanded the PITA parts then used painters tape to protect against squeeze out.

Here it is with the front drawer and full length stretchers.

After took off the clamps I noticed the drawer stretchers were misaligned. I had to put some clamps back on. Fortunately my glue was still open.

I just had to have a preview of the desk so I put the bazillion pound top on it.

The drawer fronts are also ready to go as well.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 03:16 AM

Looks like you have a good run at it, Mark. Should be done in time!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 04:27 AM


That’s going to be one very NICE desk!!

Thanks for showing it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 12:49 PM

Looking good. The top looks awesome.


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#4 posted 12-01-2014 01:26 PM

Lookin’ good, Mark.

Work Safely and have Fun. – 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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#5 posted 12-01-2014 01:49 PM

Thank you my friends. I tend to delay the parts I’m not sure about. Planing the top and cutting the rabbits took a leap of faith. Whew! Onward I go.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 01:51 PM

looks great Mark, ill have to try some day!

-- James,Alabama,

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 07:16 PM

James, I took a peek at you projects. I don’t think you’ll have any problems. However, I will be expecting some of your fine carving skills to be featured. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 12-02-2014 04:23 AM


It looks like you’re making good progress. That’s a nice Christmas present.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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