Pine Desk Organizer

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Project by jumbojack posted 02-22-2015 01:47 AM 2142 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The daughter of one of my best customers asked me to build a four shelf desk organizer. She gave me dimensions but they did not seem right. I made this a little wider to accommodate a full sheet of paper. She had the ID of only 10 inches. Now most paper is 11” so with her permission I changed it to 11 1/2” inside. I kept the height at 10” as was in her original request. She asked for a light wood and to keep it inexpensive. I had some old shelving stacked in the shop, so I was able to get enough material that was clear for the build. The drawer with the walnut pull was my idea.
The shelves sit in stopped dados. The shelves are 1/2” ply with Pine edges that I rounded over to match the router bits profile and that worked out pretty sweet. The drawer pull has a 1/8” brass pin to help the glue secure it to the drawer. I cut the brass a little long , predrilled into the draw front and peened it in.
Thanks for.looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 05:09 AM

Jumbo, this is a great project. I like the inside dimension change. If you build another one, you might consider making an indent in the shelves so you could reach in and grip both sides of the papers with you fingers. A tray on top is also useful as a place to temporarily store papers you can sort later. Again a finger notch is useful in the tray.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 01:10 PM

I like it. Al has a gr8 suggestion with the indent. I also like the wooden pull for the drawer. This will look good on anybodies desk or anywhere as far as that goes.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 02:34 PM

Hey JJ, great looking project.

I had no idea such nice things could be made with a Shopsmith. hehehe

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 03:13 PM

I considered an indent but as I used ply I thought the edging would be too deep and create problems. If I do another, I will incorporate a place on top for a little more storage, a bonus idea thanks. An indent as a pull for the drawer? Oh I like my little walnut/brass pull better. Thanks Al keep those suggestions coming.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 02-22-2015 07:44 PM

I really like this!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 02-22-2015 11:16 PM

Another great project !!! Looks like you’ve been busy.

Keep ‘em coming.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 01:00 AM

Very clean and tidy design. I agree with the walnut pull (adds some class/interest to the pine).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 01:46 AM

Excellent craftsmanship!

-- Art

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 04:36 AM

Very nice and practical organizer. Sometimes you don’t need a measure tape, just take some object, like sheet of paper,than make what you need by this object.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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