Shelves for desk

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Project by shopmania posted 09-09-2009 12:50 AM 1348 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some Birch Plywood left from my daughters desk (previous post today) and she wanted shelves/an organizer to put on top of the desk. I finally got a dado blade, so I put these shelves together with dados and glue. The face frame is again 1×2 red oak, put together with pocket screws, and pocket screwed to the shelves. The shelf standards were bowing in at the top and bottom, but I got some pipe clamps and put in the middle, and it straightened out nicely. Then I screwed the frame to the shelves with the clamps in place and voila! I was tickles that it came out very square. All the vertical dividers are 1/4 luan plywood, just slid into the dados, so they an be removed, and the horizontal ones on the lower left are 1/2 inch plywood and glued in. I put 2 Miller dowels in the ends of each of the long shelves for added strength. The 2 short vertical pieces on the bottom, and the brace along the very top made it pretty rigid. I finished it with one coat each of 2 differents stains, to match the desk, and used 2-3 coats of spar varnish on top of that.

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

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 04:38 AM

The shelves came out very nice.

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 06:42 AM

Looks like she’s got a nice little office. Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 03:46 PM

I was looking for an idea like this for a desk I built. I would have to scale it down a bit but I really like your layout.

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

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 06:44 PM

Well done.

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#5 posted 10-01-2009 06:49 PM

Looks very handy!

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