|Project by Thos. Angle||posted 03-10-2009 09:38 PM||2402 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
When we were at the ranch in Wyoming, we measured and found out that our big desk wouldn’t fit anywhere. I got home and quickly designed and built this one from what I had in the shop. It is all solid Red Oak. The top is 24×40 and the legs are 30 inches tall. I added an inch because I seem to always have my knees against the bottom of the keyboard drawer. The legs are 1 3/4 inch square and are not tapered. The top is 13/16 inch thick. The apron is 4 1/2 inches high. I ripped the front apron to make the opening for the keyboard drawer. I then proceeded to have all kinds of trouble getting it to work the way I wanted. I wound up using a piece of piano hinge I had. The curve on the lower apron is to clear the hinge. It isn’t the greatest but it works. The drop door is held in place by two rare earth magnets. The mouse slide rides on dowels . I heard that you should not have the tower on the floor, so I put in a shelf. I put a coat of amber shellac on the top and then sanded it off. Someone on Lumber Jocks mentioned doing that. I really like the look. It adds a very subtle look to the grain on Red Oak. I top coated with poly, three coats on the top and two on the rest. I wanted to get it set up before we move. I still need to get the surge protector mounted on the back rail. Then when we set it up again we can eliminate most of the clutter under the desk.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon