Small desk

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Project by oldnovice posted 1966 days ago 1576 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my daughter. She liked the purchased one my wife has and we could not find another like it so I made a copy … a little better though (not as many small pieces joined to make a larger ones).

I used Carver-Tripp water based polyurethane, four coats, since it will get some abuse (so sorry to see that this polyurethane is no longer available).

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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18326 posts in 2254 days

#1 posted 1966 days ago

Nice looking desk. I have always liked this style desk and now with laptops its a nice computer workstation as well.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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1907 posts in 2629 days

#2 posted 1966 days ago

Very nice. The drawers will be very handy. I see you did breadboard jointing for the fold down, nice and strong and attractive. What is the wood species?

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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3628 posts in 1969 days

#3 posted 1966 days ago

I am still surprised as to how well this cross grain breadboard has not shown any indication of movement and this piece is about 6 years old now. The drawers are full extension Accuride slides.

I used maple because the grain is more conducive as a writing surface; closed grain, hard surface, and light in color.

Glad you like it!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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14124 posts in 2192 days

#4 posted 1965 days ago

Nice desk. I like the wide drawers. The segmented rack is also very nice feature.
Just curious, will the hinges bear the door weight plus extra load when in use?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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15664 posts in 2820 days

#5 posted 1965 days ago

Very nice piece.

By the way, if you like water based poly, I’ve had good results with the Minwax version.

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

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13495 posts in 2376 days

#6 posted 1965 days ago

Great looking desk. You did a very nice job on it. Thank for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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3628 posts in 1969 days

#7 posted 1965 days ago


With regard to the hinges; I found that they are surprisingly strong. I think it’s because the weight is on the link as opposed to the screws. Even though that may be the case, I used matching brass machine screws and washers through the fixed top and wood screws on the moving door.

So far, knock on wood, no failures or even a hint of loose screws.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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1206 posts in 2364 days

#8 posted 1965 days ago

great looking piece.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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