|Project by Matt||posted 05-29-2015 08:44 PM||1590 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
This project was an exercise in frugal wood use. My neighbor’s barn had fallen down a number of years ago, however parts of it were still covered by the corrugated roof, so the wood was essentially air drying for all those years. In need of a desk, I went in and reclaimed some of the older planks and rafters, not knowing what species they were and having to discard many pieces due to termites, water damage, bowing. Eventually, with enough jointing and planing, I got down to useable lumber. From there the project was a lesson in dovetails for me. I wanted to knock out lots of them before I started on any “non-barnwood” materials. So all of the sides and tops of both file cabinets are dovetailed and pinned. The drawer fronts are as well (even the ones behind the false fronts on the right). Then the middle shelves of each cabinet were set in place with a sliding dovetail. This was both for aesthetics, and to hopefully prevent the sides from bowing out. The desk top is made of the same random assortment of wood as the cabinets: poplar, doug-fir, oak. Old nail-holes and all were left in, and cracks in the top were dealt with using scrap walnut butterflies or “bow-ties” as I thought they matched the good-will-leather-belt handles. Arm R Seal for the finish again as well as West system epoxy to fill in the smaller cracks in the table top, thus making for a suitable writing surface.