Computer Desk Companion Cabinet

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Project by JerryinCreek posted 02-02-2016 08:55 PM 443 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor asked me to build them a wall-mounted cabinet to be mounted above the desk they use for their computer. They had some general ideas of what features they wanted and what size would look appropriate for the room. The good news: they wanted maple. The bad news: they wanted it stained!

I started out making drawings (calling upon my high school drafting skills) until we got a design everyone agreed to. I then made a full-sized cardboard 2d model of the cabinet. This proved invaluable for my neighbor and for me. We were both able to see some shortcomings and we made the appropriate adjustments.

I constructed the cabinet out of maple veneered mdf plywood. This has it’s good and bad points. The width is a true 3/4” dimension. But, the veneer is very thin and cutting mdf is always messy. I used the Infinity Lapped Miter Router Bit Set which worked well once I got it dialed-in (the set-up block only gets you close). I also dadoed the sides and bottom to accept intersecting members. I glued a 1/8” piece of maple trim to the front edges. The Micro Jig Gripper was a great help to help trim these thin pieces to 3/4”. I also cut trim for the top and routed it to match existing house trim.

A pre-stain conditioner wash was applied which I let it sit for at least six hours before staining (per Bob Fleckner). The first coat of stain was light. I let it sit overnight and then applied a second coat which made a perfect match for my neighbor’s existing trim work.

The cabinet ended-up being rock solid and was wall-mounted with Fast Cap cabinet screws. The center area of the cabinet is dark cork for the owner to tack-up their kid’s artwork. My neighbors are very pleased with the end result and I can breathe a sigh of relief having met their expectations!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 02:54 PM

Hey Jer,

Good work on the cabinet. It looks very sturdy and the design is very functional. Mounting that heavy sucker to a wall must have been a real challenge! It is beautiful. Wish you were my neighbor.

-- Don, Silver City New Mexico, parsimony, utility and elegance - blueprint for any project.

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