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Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #5: Just a little off the top

09-16-2017 02:06 PM by EarlS | 2 comments »

The legs on the desk are one of the unique features that set it apart from just another desk. Each leg is has an inside and an outside piece. They are spaced 2” apart with the grids providing the spacing for the top, and a 2”x3” spacer for the lower portion. After the mortises were cut into the legs and the leg sections were dry fit together in the last post, the edge details for the legs needed to be finalized. The outside piece is rounded over from the front to t...

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Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #4: Time for some Leg Work

09-02-2017 02:46 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

I’m on a roll this morning. Things are quiet around the house and I haven’t gotten distracted so it looks like I will get 2 installments of the project progress written up. There are a number of mortises that will be required for the legs. Initially, I was considering using a plunge router with a template jig that slid over the legs but decided that approach would be too tedious. I also wanted to figure out a suitable approach to using the router table to make mortise cuts. ...

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Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #3: Gridlocked and Broke Down

09-02-2017 01:37 PM by EarlS | 0 comments »

It’s been a while longer than I intended since I added to the build write up (sorry I’m old school and can’t call it a blog). Since I have drawings of all of the pieces from Sketch-Up I decided the best way to keep track of things was to hang them on the wall above my work area. Before I started cutting all of the various mortises in the leg pieces I pre-finished the grids. Since the grids have 2” openings, getting a good smooth finish inside them would be d...

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Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #2: Getting started takes longer than you think

08-13-2017 01:31 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

Armed with prints from the SketchUp model I headed out to the shop shortly after posting the first blog in this series on the Mackintosh desk for my daughter. I was a bit optimistic. After pulling several walnut boards out of the stack I quickly realized I needed to finish plane them to the appropriate thickness and run them across the jointer to get a straight edge. That took a couple of weekends to plane the ~200 BF between all of the other endless day-to-day projects around the ho...

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Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #1: Getting Started - Design and SketchUp model

07-25-2017 10:53 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

My youngest daughter asked for a computer desk for her 17th birthday. Well, it was last week so I’m already behind. She wanted something that had Japanese influences. After looking at countless pictures over the past several months I was looking at a side table on Kevin Rodel’s website and she saw it and immediately decided that was the look she wanted. The table is described as a “contemporary Asian inspired Arts and Crafts with roots in several old masters”. ...

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Modern Computer Desk #11: Addendum: Modem/Router Shelf

05-15-2017 12:14 AM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

When I started working on the desk, we weren’t sure if we were going to place it out in the room (with its back visible) or against a wall. Ultimately, we decided on wall placement, and that led me to an addition: a small shelf tucked under the bottom rear of the desk to hold our cable modem and wireless router. The shelf is simple. It’s basically an 18” long by 8” wide by 3” high box with an open back and ventilation slots on the front and sides. The actual s...

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Smallder Desk #3: Smallder? SmallDONE!

04-30-2017 06:18 PM by SauceMan | 0 comments »

Hey LumberJocks! So I’ve finally finished my desk! The last step was to attach the desk top to the legs / aprons. I did so by cutting some button fasteners out of alder on my band saw. I went for the button fasteners with kerf. I’ve attached a couple of photos of the finished desk here. I’m also showing it tucked against the wall. Because this is my “virtual reality” room, and I didn’t want the desk to eat into the tracking area a...

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Modern Computer Desk #10: Final touches: drawer knobs and legs

04-29-2017 02:21 PM by Ron Stewart | 1 comment »

Finding the right drawer knobs was almost as hard as finding the legs. We started out looking for something unique in color/material/texture (colored metal, crystal, art glass, polished stone, etc.) or form (rectangular, pyramidal, etc.) The number of available choices is staggering. In the end, we circled back to something small (to better fit the scale of the narrow drawers), with modern, clean lines that match the rest of the desk: Omnia Hardware Ultima II 9035 knobs that my wife found onl...

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Modern Computer Desk #9: Applying the finish

04-29-2017 02:18 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

We wanted a smooth, non-shiny finish, so Danish oil (Watco natural) fit the bill. Before applying the oil, I sanded all surfaces using progressively finer grits, ending with 280 grit. To apply the oil, I followed the procedure in the YouTube video How to Apply Danish Oil, by Fabian's Tiny Workshop. He demonstrates the process very clearly. The only thing I did differently was apply the oil with a gray abrasive pad (similar to gray Scotch-Brite, I think) instead of a paper towel. That le...

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Modern Computer Desk #8: Building the drawers

04-29-2017 01:47 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

I have a confession to make. I’m a lazy drawer box builder. I have the utmost respect for those who create heirloom-quality dovetailed drawers, but I’m not likely to join their ranks. I use 1/2” plywood (birch for this project) for the sides, 1/4” plywood for the bottoms, and pocket screws and glue for joinery. I do route a 1/4” square slot 1/4” from the bottom edge of each side in which to float the bottom, but that’s as fancy as I get. I used two...

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