I completed work on the Computer Table. It was a pretty simple, painted project made entirely from 3/4 baltic birch plywood.
In this episode I take the pieces and work on assembly and finish. The table has about 10 plywood parts that were originally assembled using joint connector bolts. Once I had pre-assembled the piece I just didn’t like the look of those connectors. So I decided to switch over to pocket screws everywhere. I could hide them on the underside and back easily enough. Since the piece is getting painted, it’s easy to fill and spackle over the holes left by the connectors.
I find that a pre-assembly really helps look at the piece prior to the finish work (sanding, rounding over, top coats, etc). Even though I have a good google sketchup model, the full size piece obviously gives much a better impression (plus, I don’t generally put screws into the model). The time it takes is one extra screw/unscrew of the pieces, but the time it saves can be tremendous.
So I drilled and places pockets screws throughout and reassembled. Much better.
Also during pre-assembly I used chalk to mark all the edges that needed rounding over (most of them). I used a router with a small roundover bit to give a soft profile to these edges. A couple of the top edges received a more prounced roundover, almost creating a full curve from top to bottom. All that went quickly with the bench cookies and router.
Then it was simply a matter of paint (after sanding of course). One coat of primer and two top coats. I’m not really the best painter, but it came out OK.
All in all, this is a great, highly functional piece. I’m really happy with the results.
-- Morton - http://workshop.scottmorton.com