This idea has been kicking around in my head for almost a year, and recently gathered momentum due to the fact that I acquired a new (and practical/non-lethal) table saw. I also re-discovered Sketchup after many years, now having something to actually draw. To this point the desk has gone through a lot of practical refactoring: I decided that because I will not have the cash on hand to buy a thickness planer that all the lumber would probably need to be sourced from available dimensional...
Ironically, the first thing I did for this project was to glue up the huge 42” square top…over-sized of course. A long time later, I pulled it out and began to put on the finishing touches. I bought a “Thumbnail” router bit from Lee Valley and I ran that around the edges. Of course, I worked a long time to make sure the top was square etc. I built an extended router base to help stabilize the router while routing the edge detail (thanks Mark!). I ran a 1/4...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igqFQMv-qso&list=UUERIGfN6ATn5-U2DGhDzOvw In this time lapse video, I’m power carving a rocking chair seat by hand using a Kutzall carbide shaping wheel in Red Oak
Howdy, I’ve been working on my son’s desktop for a while now. I have a Christmas due date so I had to get a move on. The desk frame took me all weekend. That really surprised me. I imagine I could go a lot faster If I didn’t fly by the seat of my pants all the time. A plan might be helpful. Any how, I’m using rabbit joint joints for the first time and they came with a whole bundle of lessons. They didn’t come out perfect but I believe I can do better next t...
Yes, stain. The guy who wants the table built wanted it stained. The stain he chose is acceptable IMO. It’s a Minwax stain called “Red Mahogany”. I sanded 60 (on the feet only) then 80, 120, 180 and ended with 220 grit…all by hand. It didn’t take all that long really and I enjoyed listening to audio streaming on the computer while I worked. I also stained the small drawer fronts. I have yet to sand the top and the large drawer. Today I sanded an...
Like the top trim, I created the bottom trim on my router table, this time using a large bead/roundover bit and a small bead bit. I then set up my new Incra miter gauge on the table saw and mitered the trim. The miters came out really good, but not perfect. A little filler was employed to take up the slack and I don’t think anyone will ever notice. I ran a couple of grooves on the back side of the trim due to its thickness and width. This should help stabilize it a little, so it ...
The table gets big square feet with a slight taper. I cut some 8/4 oak then mitered it at 45 deg, glued the miter, crosscut to 2.5” then tapered at 10 deg on the table saw. I then ran a slight roundover on each edge with the router table. I didn’t take many progress pictures, just results. Can you see the joint in this miter? :-) I placed a piece of the bottom trim on top of the feet to get an idea what it would look like.
The top trim is pretty basic. I created it on my high-end router table using a cove bit. The trick was installing it with the miters as perfect as possible.
I opted to build my drawers from baltic birch plywood and used through dovetails in an oak front then install a false front. I mounted those on soft-close undermount slides to preserve the traditional dovetail look of the drawer. Since this table is symmetrical on all four sides, I wanted to maintain that look as closely as I could, between the two panel sides, the side with the one large drawer and the side with the two small drawers. I built all four sides at the same time, milling eve...
I haven’t updated this project blog for a long time, much has happened in that time so I’ll try to explain everything that’s gone on since the last update. This entry is about the miter lock joints I made in order to attach the four frames to one another. I didn’t want to show the edge grain of the mating stiles so I opted to miter the corners. In order to help me get the miters to lock together accurately, I decided to try a miter lock joint, for the first time. ...
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