An Office for the House -- Complete With Woodworking Projects #2: The Desk Is Born

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Blog entry by RobH posted 08-12-2009 06:41 AM 5636 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got the drawings for the new office desk done tonight. The journey of coming to this solution is an interesting one. When we first talked about setting up the office, I sat down and drew up a corner desk made out of melamine. I was not sure my wife would like it, but she assured me that everything would be ok. Whether she liked it or not, I did not. There is not another piece of furniture in the house made out of melamine. I was going to build it, but I probably never would accept it. Well, this past weekend I got fed up with trying to figure out all of the little details and decided to just go buy one. That did not work out because the store closed early to clean the floors. So, on the way home I decided to go back to building it, but I would keep it simple and keep it wood. When I got home I started looking through all of my plans and came upon a Shaker trestle table from Glen Huey in Popular Woodworking. All I needed to do was some slight modifications to account for the size that I wanted my table to be. Here are a couple of shots of my Sketchup model.

The overall size is 66” long, 30” deep, and 30” tall. The top will be made out of southern yellow pine from the home store. The feet and the posts are going to be made from fir 4×4s that I got from the home store. The stretcher will be made from southern yellow pine. In order to hide the fact that I am using two different woods, I am going to paint the base a very deep blue color. My wife mentioned black, but I just did not like the idea of black. I wanted blue originally, but a lighter blue color. Well, we finally chose, and it is blue but it is a very dark blue. I am happy with that. The top will be left natural and finished with water based polyurethane.

Well, now I just have to build it. I have not spent a full day in the shop now for several months. Every time I go out there I get frustrated trying to find things and end up quitting. Well, this Saturday I am doing a big purge of the garage, and it should help with my motivation. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have the wood planed and ready to use. I plan on getting the base of the unit built next week and then the following week I hope to get the top done. My parents are visiting at the end of the month and I am going to use the time I will have at home then to hopefully get the finishing done. This will put the desk ready to use when they leave. Right on schedule.

Next on the list is to get the storage bins designed and drawn. Look for more once I have made some progress.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 08-12-2009 07:22 AM

OK, so we see the drawings – let see some action!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 08-12-2009 08:05 AM

Drawings look good, if you have the melamine why not use it for the top and act sent the edges and ends with wood

-- Woodisit

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#3 posted 08-12-2009 01:21 PM


I do have a small piece of melamine, but not enough for this project. Then, there is the fact that it would match nothing else that is going to be in the room, or the house for that matter. Plus, melamine to me is so cold and unfriendly. Practical, yes, but not warm and inviting like I really want my office to be.


Work will start no later than this weekend. I need to de-clutter the shop and get rid of the junk that is clouding my mind when I try to work out there. There will probably be some more plans pictures before there are progress pictures, but I promise, there will be progress pictures. Maybe even a video at one point about a technique that I am going to try on the breadboard ends. I am not sure that I am brave enough to try the video yet, but we will see.


-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 12:23 AM

I like the one in WoodSmith #181 I think. I saw the wife looking at it, drooling would be a better word. Wounder what my next project will be? Like I need another one, I start a pair of night stands in the fall.

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#5 posted 08-19-2009 12:29 AM

On your mark get ready BUILD

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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