Desk build #3: Nurse desk: Some glue-up

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 08-27-2009 07:31 PM 1550 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Nurses desk: Tapered Legs and mortises Part 3 of Desk build series Part 4: Nurses Desk: framed, drawers, top glue-up »

My niece will graduate as a nurse in the near future. She has moved into a new house and asked me for a small desk for her new flat panel iMac. I decided to make an oak desk that would be loosely based on the mission style but with side panels that would reflect her future as an RN. My goal is a small desk 48” x 29” with keyboard drawer and a small drawer. I’ll be trying my first hand made dovetails on scrap and then on to my first dovetailed drawer

I put this out here, baring all for two reasons. I’m still relatively new to woodcraft. Don’t let the ‘Craftsman on the Lake’ fool ya. I just like cool names. I was one of those people who liked CB handles during the heyday of their popularity years ago; remember that time? Anyway the two reason are:

1. I’m still flying by the seat of my pants here. Trying to learn from the net, books and you guys. So, I know how to appreciate it when I get some good information that reveals how some of this stuff is done. For the next time I use these skills in another construction, I invite your take on things. Maybe how you’d do it. It may be a better way or just another way or preference. No problem. All good ideas and comments are welcome and will be read and filed in that void between my ears for future reference.

2. Because I have to work to search to discover the best way to accomplish my goals I document them here so that when another newbie puts saw to wood they might feel better about cutting it with the possibility of success. These steps may seem rudimentary to some but believe me, some were a mystery to me at one point and many more still are. End recap

glue-up of the sides

Here is a glue-up of the sides in the clamps. Everything seemed to fit well.

When the sides were dry I glued them to the back upper and lower braces.

I cut some blocks on a 45 and glued and screwed them to the back and sides. Even though the top will act as a good brace when glued on I like the added strength.

The next installment might take a bit of time as I’m going to do the front along with the mechanisms for the keyboard and regular drawer. Thanks for looking and any comments you might have made.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 08:28 PM

this is looking just wonderful :D

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 11:13 PM

My wife is in nursing school and I showed her your phase 2 blog this morning: her eyes lit up, so I may have to steal your idea for when she graduates ;)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 07:45 AM

wow this going to be great

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 10:40 AM

This is a beutiful looking desk what a clever idea for the side panels. They give it the hand made by a craftsman look


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