Drafting style desk with cabinet companion

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Project by Lucas Mood posted 06-19-2015 12:30 AM 1156 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ll start with a bit of the backstory first. We got a king size mattress and needed a frame with storage. After some searching, the realization set in that people with king size beds aren’t, generally, in need of extra storage space. We were. So I set about making a bed frame, but I had no clear ideas about what to do for a headboard. The bed frame got made and went without a headboard for a few years.
Late summer in ‘14 I ran across some mahogany glue-lam planks recovered from Boeing shipping containers. I bought two. Some of it got used for a client project. One piece finally made it’s way into a headboard and the other ended up being used for this desk upgrade.
In the end I bought 2 alder boards and 2 pieces of cedar decking(the only new wood in the whole thing). The feet and the upper supports, however, are some bits of old futon frame that I’ve had around for at least 12 years. It’s not terribly pretty, but what amazes me is the torsional rigidity after notching out the interior posts for the crossmember.
Two 1” floor flanges and a wee nipple were used for the swing out laptop tray. Drawers and cabinet made out of salvaged plywood, a cut up 2×12 from porch job, and faces out of leftover eucalyptus flooring.
And, yes, that is a genuine, antique, arts and crafts lamp in the background which I plan to recreate sometime for a lonely, matching shade I have.

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 01:58 AM

Nice projects. I like that swing out laptop tray. Real ingenious and makes it more usable so you can swing your legs under it.

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 07:58 AM

Beautiful natural looking table. I like this small pull out shelve.

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 01:13 PM

very nice

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