"Knock-Down" Desk

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Project by scarpenter002 posted 01-11-2015 09:04 PM 737 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a quick desk I built over the holidays for my daughter to take back to college. To allow for transportation, I took advantage of screw inserts, studded knobs, and connector fasteners to make this a knock-down piece of furniture.

The legs and stretchers are pine. The top is made of 3/4” birch plywood surrounded by pine. It is finished with high gloss black paint. The stretchers on the side of the legs are permanently dadoed into legs.

Thanks for looking.

-- Scott in Texas

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#1 posted 01-12-2015 09:34 PM

Black gloss projects are the hardest to get photo’s of. Your daughter will treasure this piece forever.

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#2 posted 01-12-2015 10:10 PM

Very nice. The black looks fantastic on that pine. Well done.

How does the rear stretcher attach to the legs? A pocket screw? Mortise?

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#3 posted 01-13-2015 02:37 AM

Hi Buckethead,

The back stretcher connects with threaded knobs into threaded inserts, embedded in the legs. Not the prettiest option, but functional and easy for my daughter to assemble. I would like to replace them with something less conspicuous in the future. It was what I had in the shop over the holidays without having to wait for a shipment. I looked at my local big box stores, but could not find what I wanted.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 01-13-2015 03:04 AM

I like it! Was wondering what skill level you set this up for. No tool assembly really seems like the ticket.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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