Computer Desk #3: An update

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Blog entry by Scott G. posted 10-03-2010 05:03 AM 10779 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, it’s been awhile. I’ve had a computer crash, a phone crash, and a camera failure. Tablesaw sputtered and died, yeah, it’s been a tough two months.

But I’m back, and here we go!

We left off, I was still working on the knotwork and axe inlays. Without further ado; pictures!

First, the construction of the file drawer rolly.

Rolly Frame Frame up.

Drawer Drawers

Adding Drawer Face Adding drawer faces.

Drawers Complete Finished!

Drawers Opened And they work!

I’d left about 3/32” space between each drawer so that if they’re ever heavy, they’d still close right. The slides are supposed to hold up to 70 something pounds, but you never know.

Next, the axe inlay.

Rough Routed
Cut 1/4” down. I know that’s deep, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough in there so it wouldn’t bow up. I don’t have a vacuum sealing set up.

Inlay Fitting Put the inlay in.

Weighing Down
Well wouldn’t you know it? It still managed to bow some. 40lb block does the trick. Lift with your legs woodworkers!

I had to hand plane down the axe inlay to about 1/16-1/32” difference then I just went at the table with a sander. I hadn’t sanded the table to anything higher than 80 grit at this point, so I went 80-120-150 until it was nice and flush. Had to do the whole table to keep it from sinking around the inlay.

Next, the molding for the sides.

Drawup, Layout, Cut & Fit

While the molding looks high, I went ahead and decided to lay it down after the first one. Glad I did, because I’d have hated to mill all that again to cut the miters differently. The two X’s are the first to measure the center, the next to get the 45 degrees off of it. Then I only needed to measure the distances from the top and bottom and sides to get my rectangle situated.

My first (and very quick) finish sample.

Finish Sample Alpha

The colors are English Chestnut + Cherry on the left, and Cherry only on the right. Trying to see how the mahogany matches up with the oak and the plaster filled knotwork.

Finish Sample Final

This is the final finish sample I used. Same colors but adding a “unfinished” section to show what the oak looked like before. I think the client liked to see what it was, and what it was to become, as well as what a cherry finish looked like compared to the “warm cherry” finish.

The sides with the molding attached.

Small Side

Glue & Shoot them things on. Keep those miters even!

The Other Three Sides

Long Sides

Assembly Day!

My Wife poses for size ratio
Everyone should have a helper! I got the beautiful and sweet one. =)

Assembled #2

Finish Day!

First two coats of stain

English Chestnut goes on first. I wait 15 minutes and then wipe it off. I let it dry for two days. (Because I couldn’t work on it the next day. I had to do other things.) Then put a quick second coat over it.

Unfortunately, it seems the mahogany didn’t take much of it, but the oak sure did. I had to do some extra touch ups for the top or it would have simply blended right in.


The axes came out very well after the touchup. It’s a shame I can’t take better pictures. The glare was crazy!


The knotwork looks really brown here. That’s good. After applying the cherry stain to the top it will be even darker. If it’s not black enough, I will just take an ebony stain pen (or maybe a sharpie) to it. Earlier in the process some of the plaster had soaked up different amounts and it wasn’t a uniform color around. The second coat fixed that. It’s indistinguishable now to all but the most trained finisher.

And that’s where we sit right now. Sorry for the long time between updates, but these things happen right?

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