Daughter's Desk

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Project by shopmania posted 09-09-2009 12:20 AM 1798 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what i would call my first Major project. I made a desktop and shelves for one daughter (Jess), shelves for a second(Nicole), and my workbench. Then my other daughter (Kristy) said, “I need a desk too!” and I thought I would try to tackle making the cabinets, drawers and the whole shebang. She didn’t like the light stain,(pic 2& 3) so i re-stained it darker (pic 1 & 6) and then used gloss spar varnish in an attempt to make the top harder and less prone to pencil/pen gouges, etc. The cabinets and top are made of furniture grade 3/4” birch plywood, and the face frame, top banding and drawer fronts are all red oak. By this time I had bought my Ridgid R4511 granite topped table saw, which really helped! The carcase and face frame are put together with pocket screws, and so is the top banding. The drawer fronts and faced frame edges were routed using a Roman Ogee bit, smaller on the face frame so the pocket screws wouldn’t poke out (I had that trouble on my second set of shelves). the drawers are rabetted on the corners, and I used 1/4” luan plywood for the bottoms. I brought hanging folders home to put in the drawers before assembly, and grooved the drawer tops, and it looked OK but forgot to add height for the clearance of the little tabs that go on top of the hanging folders! Oops! She is tickled with it, and I have to say that i am too! Even though I know where the warts are, they are not readily apparent when you look at it. I was so happy with how much better it looked with each step of the finishing. The thing is built in 3 pieces so you can carry and move it easily, the center drawer hangs from the top, which just sits on the cabinets, with some guide pieces on the underside on the top.

I made a shelving unit for on top of this desk with the leftover plywood. which i’ll post soon. I’d appreciate any input/ advice. Thanks! My wife certainly doesn;t have to worry about me being under her feet, I’m out in the garage eery chance i get. This may be more addictive (and expensive) than golf!!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 12:44 AM

She or ta be tickled, cuz you did a mighty fine job on it

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

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 04:04 AM

Really nice job well done

-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 04:42 AM

They all came out great, I am sure she will love it.

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

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#4 posted 09-09-2009 04:56 AM

I often find that the driving force to succedd

are my kids

She will luv ya!!!!!.............forever and ever….nice !!!!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Stanley Coker

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#5 posted 09-09-2009 01:01 PM

Very Nice desk, I built one for my neice, her grandfather was working at a sawmill at the time and picked out some very nice white pine boards so I glued up boards for the top and sides, even the back. It would haved looked good with a tung oil finish with a few coats of poly, but she wanted it painted white. I hate covering up good looking wood with paint, but again that is what she wanted.
Again very nice job on the desk.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#6 posted 09-09-2009 02:01 PM

Thanks guys for all your nice comments! I really enjoyed making these pieces. I know what you mean about hating to cover beautiful wood with paint- it seems a waste. That’s why I originally used a light stain, because I wanted the wood grain to show, but it still does even with the darker stain.

Yeah, the kids have lots of ideas of things for me to make!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#7 posted 09-09-2009 03:31 PM

Very nice. Simple but very practical.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 05:54 AM

Hi Tim! Really nice desk.

-- Mike, VT

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