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Project by Mauricio posted 10-21-2015 07:41 PM 1708 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a built in desk I recently completed for my kids to do their school work. Everything is made of birch plywood including the face frames and drawer fronts.

I used Tom Clark’s method for fast cabinet construction. He self publishes a book on the subject and is also a fellow lumber jock.

I will definitely be making more cabinets using this method, it really goes quickly.

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 10-21-2015 07:44 PM

Very nice Mauricio. It looks great. What did you edge band the tops with?

-- ~Tony

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 10-21-2015 07:52 PM

Thanks!

Oh yeah that is maple, turns out birch and maple take dye very differently. To overcome this I tried something different. I first shellacked it all, then mixed a little shellac with the dye/alcohol mixture and “tinted/glazed” everything until it looked relatively uniform. the maple needed a couple of extra coats. Not perfectly uniform (I will try spraying next time) but the boss likes the results.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 08:10 PM

Nice Mauricio. No excuses on the homework now!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 10-21-2015 08:47 PM

Well done Maur. Im going to have to look into that cabinet construction style. Cabinets intimidate me for some reason.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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Mauricio

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#5 posted 10-21-2015 09:15 PM

Thanks again everyone!

I recommend the book highly Stef, its a very different approach to anything else that is out there. Once you have all the parts cut out the cabinets come together very fast. That said, they intimidated me to, I’ve had this book for a couple of years and finally put it to use. Cant wait to pimp out the shop with these methods.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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MT_Stringer

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#6 posted 10-21-2015 09:18 PM

That’s very nice. The kids will love having their very own drawers.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 10-21-2015 09:30 PM

Beautiful work. Great design and build.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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clin

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#8 posted 10-21-2015 10:19 PM

Very nice looking. Reminds me of the desk and dresser my father made for me 45 years ago. My dad was more a carpenter than a cabinet maker. But to his credit, I still use the dresser as a dresser and the desk is in my workshop.

Kids being kids, they won’t appreciate it as much as they should today (though I’m sure are thrilled to have their own spaces). This is something they will remember years from now.

God job!

-- Clin

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#9 posted 10-21-2015 10:27 PM

This is a very nice ‘double’ built in desk.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 10-21-2015 10:36 PM

That turned out nice, I think I should get that book as I will be building a lot of shop cabinets in the near future.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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tyvekboy

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#11 posted 10-22-2015 12:20 AM

Nice study desk. When the kids move out it can be a workbench in your shop. lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 10-22-2015 01:01 AM

Looks great, Mauricio! I like the finish on the cabinets! Paint? Looks clean.

Also looking for a good book…Thanks!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 10-22-2015 01:10 AM

Good job bud. You seem to be cranking out some good stuff.

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#14 posted 10-22-2015 11:43 AM

Well done, Maur. Now the boys will be wanting to be out in the shop with you even more. That’ll be the excuse to not do their homework.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 10-22-2015 07:33 PM

Thanks Clin, yes this is very much so a carpentry project, no fine joinery in this one.

Alex, yeah I am already I’m eye balling these cabinets if they don’t use them. I think they would make a pretty sweet sharpening station.

thanks Terry. yes I used primer and paint on this one. it was rolled on but I think I want to get into spraying in the future, especially on the larger projects

thanks Shane, I have been in a mode where I’m not really into learning anything new as far as Construction goes. I am more focused on speeding up the things that I already know how to do. As life gets busier I really need to get some stuff.

thanks again everyone for your comments!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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