Computer Desk & Hutch

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Project by SimonSKL posted 07-22-2009 05:32 PM 2843 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I completed a while back and was the biggest piece of furniture that I ever worked on. This computer desk is a corner desk which measured 6’x6’ and about 7’ tall.

There were several “first ever” techniques for me. First was the raised panel doors. I ordered a set of Katana raised panel bits but really didn’t know how to use them. After reading the instructions and some trials and errors I finally figured out how to do the rails and stiles and the doors.

Second was the laminated top. I wanted a laminated top so I don’t have to worry about scratches and water damages (from drinks and coffee). Working with contact cement, putting the laminated sheet down precisely and routed the edge was challenging for me but I learned a lot during the process.

Because one of the pedestal cabinets was sitting directly over a register (the only vent in the room), I have to find a way to redirect the air to the room. That was challenging as well.

The unit was made of oak and oak plywood mostly and finished with Minwax Polyshades cherry gloss stain. Thanks for looking.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 07-22-2009 05:46 PM

Really very nicely built desk & hutch.
It’s always thrilling to build something while learning how to build it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 06:16 PM

Amazing work. Congratulations.

-- I can make firewood with the best of them!

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#3 posted 07-22-2009 06:20 PM

Are the door panels solid wood? I’ve never done them either but have been wanting to.

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#4 posted 07-22-2009 06:31 PM

Really nice job on your computer desk. Great looking doors! The gentle arched top rail and panel on the doors is a really good look and you would never know they are your fisrt raised panel doors. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

-- John @

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#5 posted 07-22-2009 06:49 PM

Great looking desk and Hutch. I like the laminate top, and the rest of the unit from wood.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 07-22-2009 07:19 PM

That looks great. You’d be hard pressed to find one that nice from a store, and if you did it would be made from laminated particle board.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#7 posted 07-22-2009 07:27 PM

First rate!

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

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#8 posted 07-22-2009 08:48 PM

Super job. I know you will enjoy it for a long time. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#9 posted 07-22-2009 09:13 PM

Boy, that is gorgeous. Very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 07-22-2009 09:15 PM

Nice looking unit well done my friend Giod bless Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 07-23-2009 01:44 AM

Very nice looking unit. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 07-23-2009 01:57 AM

Nice work and a well balanced design. Your heat register fix was a good compromise from crawling under the house to move the vent….been there and done that.

I have been looking at making a similar desk but I keep stumbling on the problem of opening the drawers while seated at the desk, which is important for me. With your design they open into the chair area. I have played with the idea of angling the drawers to line up closer to the 45 degree front but then they either get to short for practical use of the unit starts to protrude to far out into the room and the back corner is too deep. I will do more sketching on the problem this winter.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#13 posted 07-23-2009 03:51 AM

Top notch

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 07-23-2009 04:29 AM

Sweet, Very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#15 posted 07-23-2009 07:16 AM

Awsome job, you did a great job thanks for the pictures.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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