|Project by EarlS||posted 06-28-2015 02:05 PM||1726 views||10 times favorited||13 comments|
My wife has been asking for a scrap booking desk for years. As usual, she left the design up to me. Her only request was that it be oversized (34” x 62”). The Craftsman (Stickley) style library desk was the only choice. I remember sitting at similar desks when I was a kid at the school library doing research (yes long before the internet).
Summers here in the Iowa are hot and humid. I convinced my wife that I needed a portable A/C unit for the shop to “keep the humidity down” while I worked on her project. Of course it was for the wood, not my personal comfort. She agreed. Since I was on a roll, I also suggested that if she wanted dovetail drawers I would need a dovetail jig. She agreed. I figured I had maxed out the project budget at that point. Fortunately, I had enough cherry and walnut to make the table so I didn’t have to ask for funds for the wood too.
The build was straight forward. Plans for the Craftsman Library table abound. I settled on the Woodsmith Volume 30 No. 179 plans since they were quite thorough. I made a few minor changes along the to fit my personal preferences on techniques.
I also wanted through dovetails for the visual effect on the draw fronts. The Leigh 12” superjig makes perfect dovetail. This was my first time making dovetails and I was worried they wouldn’t look good. The directions that come with the jig were very easy to follow and produced excellent dovetails.
Assembly was done in stages, first the legs and sides, then the stretcher, and rails. The interior sections for the drawers were slid into the completed base and glued and screwed into place. All of the finishing (3 coats of Watco Danish Oil, followed by 2 coats of semi-gloss polyurethane with 600 grit wet sanding between coats, and 1 coat of rub on wax. The top and corbels are walnut and the rest of the table is cherry.
As with all projects I learned something new. My wife is thrilled with the desk. I can work through the summer in reasonable comfort and I have another woodworking tool.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"