Office Workstation

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Project by RJones posted 06-06-2007 11:57 PM 2825 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an office workstation I built for our office. It was constructed from African Mahogany and top coated with about 4 coats of pre-cat lacquer. The top was covered in laminate to help eliminate pen and pencil marks.
The first picture is a general overview and shows the island plan storage
The second picture shows a modified file cabinet that also doubles as a half size plans holder
The third picture shows the near invisible edge of the Burgess Edge edge banding system I used.
Some of the more enjoyable aspects of this project included turning the pedestal for the island and bending the mahogany for the island radius:)

Here’s a link to more photos of this project and couple others


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#1 posted 06-07-2007 12:57 AM

Oooooooooooo. Now that’s a classy piece. I love the simple lines, abundance of workspace and openess of the design. That’s a really nice piece, RJ!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-07-2007 01:12 AM

Thanks:) The aspect that always seems to be lacking in an engineering/architectural workstation is a place to organize and stash plans and project reference materail. So far this has worked out pretty well and yes I think you can get about 4 full size plans set out if needed or two with plenty of room to work:)


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#3 posted 06-07-2007 03:02 AM

I’m very impressed! Your workmanship is amazing. The file cabinets are so simple, yet the dovetail joints make them special.

How did you do the edging around the radius?

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#4 posted 06-07-2007 03:19 AM

Beautiful piece, what is a Burgess edge banding system?

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#5 posted 06-07-2007 03:31 AM

Great workstation. Very functional.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-07-2007 03:38 AM

I’d love to have a workstation like that. The mahogany and finish are exceptional. How long did it take you build? Very nice!

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#7 posted 06-07-2007 04:59 AM

Thanks again for the kind words:) The edging around the radius is actually a bent up lamination. Just 1/8” pieces glued and clamp and a form to match the raduis:) Here’s a link to the edge banding system I used There are now other’s on the market that are considerably cheaper but I purchased my set 6 years or so ago so… I think I have about 50 hours in it maybe a couple more with design and misc stuff. I think I probably spent the most time on fitting the file cabinet doors. I had never done that before so…


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#8 posted 06-07-2007 05:39 AM

Very nice and plenty of surface area to work with.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 06-07-2007 06:29 AM

Very nice…as a designer myself I can appreciate the large plan space. You can never have too much.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#10 posted 06-07-2007 06:46 AM

This is a WOW project. Great job done!

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

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#11 posted 06-07-2007 11:23 AM

beautiful indeed.
What a treasure!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 06-07-2007 03:00 PM

This is a great project. Well done!

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

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#13 posted 06-07-2007 05:00 PM

I looked at your Flickr page and saw that really nice roll around workstation. I hope you post the plans over here (or at least let us know when they are avaialble). I already have a sketch in my notebook. I need something exactly like that for my “shop”.

Excellent work BTW.

-- Jerry L.

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#14 posted 06-07-2007 05:13 PM

I hope to have the workstation and plans complete by the end of the weekend or first part of next week at the latest:) As soon as it’s all ready to go I will be sure to post here:)


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#15 posted 06-07-2007 06:06 PM

Very nice office work area, wish mine was like that when I was working. Beautiful woodworking you should be proud. jockmike.

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

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