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Facelift for my computer desk

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 05-09-2007 02:35 AM 1581 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 16 years ago when the HVAC guy was installing my installing my heating and air system, he accidently cut a hole in my hardwood floor whilst attempting to put a return in. Well, to make a long story short, I just had the trim guy build a desk over the hole in the floor and around the air return grille.

He built it out of birch plywood, nailed and glued. It looked ok and served the purpose well for 10 or 12 years. He used no mortise and tenon or biscuit construction, so sooner or later, wear and tear would take it’s toll. With the addition of a child two years ago, it’s days were really numbered. After my little bundle of joy kicked the bottom out of one of the file drawers, my mind was made up.

Sooo, I decided to give the old desk a facelift. I removed the birch plywood facing and replaced it with cypress. I was replacing the floor in the kitchen w/ prefinished Australian cypress which is supposed to be harder than red oak, so I used that for the top. The sides are v-tongue and groove juniper that I had sawn locally and had been gathering dust in the basement ever since I built the house. The drawers are sandeply w/ western cedar faces.

The louver covering the air return is made from cypress. (that was my first effort at making a jig for my router) The upper book cases are all western cedar as are the panels in the center. I put those panels in as an afterthought so that I could hide the wires going up to the cable modem and router and to also conceal the lighting wiring. There is also a ventilation fan so that we get a little air changeover inside from the cpu heat.

I’ve build a lot of stuff, but this is really my first try at cabinet construction. I made plenty of mistakes, but leaned a bunch. Time will tell if it’s going to hold up. Looking back, I would probably have built it from scratch instead of refacing. But, on the bright side, I’m planning on building new kitchen cabinets so I’ll be constructing them in my shop from the ground up. We’ll see.

Carl.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC





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Sawdust2

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#1 posted 05-09-2007 04:44 AM

Really nice job.
I see the new box withstood the test by your little bundle of joy.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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PanamaJack

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#2 posted 05-09-2007 05:06 AM

This is one cool creation Carl. You have done well. Thanks for the story and sharing your woodworking skills.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Larry

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#3 posted 05-09-2007 06:24 AM

Very well done…I love the new look

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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oscorner

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#4 posted 05-09-2007 09:58 AM

Great looking make over!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 05-09-2007 12:18 PM

super job!!! wow.
well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 05-09-2007 03:02 PM

Very nice, sure looks better than a hole in the floor lol. Your choice of woods is wonderful makes an eye pleaser. Good job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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CedarFreakCarl

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#7 posted 05-09-2007 03:58 PM

Thank you for all your kind comments. You guys and gals sure gave me a confidence boost!I’ll try to post some more pictures once I get completely through with it. Thanks again!!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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CedarFreakCarl

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#8 posted 05-09-2007 03:58 PM

Thank you for all your kind comments. You guys and gals sure gave me a confidence boost!I’ll try to post some more pictures once I get completely through with it. Thanks again!!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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CedarFreakCarl

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#9 posted 05-09-2007 03:58 PM

Thank you for all your kind comments. You guys and gals sure gave me a confidence boost!I’ll try to post some more pictures once I get completely through with it. Thanks again!!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 05-10-2007 03:40 PM

Nice design and execution. I hope you’re training your helper well. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Matt (Upper Cut)

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#11 posted 02-19-2008 04:44 AM

Cute kiddo!

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks, http://uppercutwoodworks.com/

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