An Office for the House -- Complete With Woodworking Projects

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Blog series by RobH updated 09-14-2009 04:28 AM 7 parts 34333 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: In The Beginning

08-09-2009 10:08 PM by RobH | 6 comments »

A couple of weeks ago, my wife decided she wanted to make the guest bedroom into an office. We only use the guest bedroom a couple of time a year, I need a place to work on my non-woodworking projects, and our boys need a little more room to play. The solution is to get rid of the guest bedroom and make it into an office. I am so glad she decided to do this. I have been needing a place to work when I telework, and the boys are running out of space for all of the toys. So, we started pl...

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Part 2: The Desk Is Born

08-12-2009 06:41 AM by RobH | 5 comments »

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 ac...

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Part 3: Toy Storage System

08-16-2009 06:47 AM by RobH | 4 comments »

Hey all, Well, the shop got cleaned up today and I can now work out there. I will be starting tomorrow working on the feet of the table. I will keep posting on table progress as significant progress happens. I have completed the drawings for another piece of furniture that is going in the room. This time, it is a storage unit for some of the kids’ toys. Since the toys are overtaking our small house, my wife wanted this to help out. We bought some plastic bins, and this is wha...

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Part 4: Desk Update - Weekend 1

08-24-2009 05:51 AM by RobH | 2 comments »

Hey all, I was hoping to have pictures to post, but I was simply wiped out afer working in the heat and humidity all weekend. I am worn out, but I made a lot of progress on the desk. The feet are done and look awesome. The posts are done, and the top supports are done, for the most part. The only thing I have left to do is notch the center support to fit into the stretcher. The top panel is glued up and the breadboard ends are made and ready to apply to the top. This week looks to...

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Part 5: Desk Update - Weekend 2

09-02-2009 02:45 AM by RobH | 2 comments »

Hey all, Once again, no pictures but a lot of progress. This was a long weekend for me since my parents have been visiting. I made the best of it in the shop too. From Friday until today, I finished up building the base pieces and sanding them. I applied two coats of shellac yesterday to seal up the pine, and today I got the first coat of polyurethane on the base pieces. With another long weekend coming up, I hope to get a lot more done. I am hoping to get the second and final coat...

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Part 6: Desk Update - Progress Worth Showing

09-07-2009 12:34 AM by RobH | 5 comments »

I decided Friday to take off from work for a half-day and came home and got to working on the table. I had to finish the final coat of polyurethane on the base pieces and then get the base together. Well, Friday and yesterday I finally got the base together. Here are the pictures. First, an overall shot of the base: Now, a close-up of the end support: Another close-up. This time it is the stretcher detail: The center support: Finally, the foot detail shot: ...

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Part 7: Getting Close to Done With the Desk--- and a quick question...

09-14-2009 04:28 AM by RobH | 4 comments »

Hey all, I am making really good progress on the desk. I am currently putting the finish on the top. I got the two coats of shellac on it late last week, and today I got the first coat of water based polyurethane on. It is looking really good. Now, for the quick question. The polyurethane is water based satin polyurethane. The question: Is it really necessary to sand between coats. I always have because I have always heard you needed to, but this finish is looking so good that I ...

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