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My first woodworking project...a drafting desk

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Project by niagrab posted 10-06-2009 09:10 AM 11348 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Up until a week ago I had never built anything in my life…but I’ve always wanted to. Finally, I decided to give it a shot. I went and bought a table saw from a local classified ad for $30 and spent another $30 on wood and supplies and started cutting. I didn’t have any plans to work off of and so the table kind of evolved as I went along. 5 days passed and this is what I ended up with. It works perfectly for what I needed and I love how it looks in my office. That being said, I do wish that I knew how to finish the thing. If it had a nice finish, I would absolutely love the end result.

Anyway, I’ve got the bug now. Right as I was finishing the desk, I started building a bar for my basement…I’m hoping to finish that by this weekend. Wish me luck.





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ajosephg

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 09:41 AM

First project, no plans, 5 days – I’d say that’s pretty amazing, you did extremely well.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 10:32 AM

That’s a right fine drafting desk you got there!
That was supposed to be my first project too until I started 10 at once. Hope it’s next on the list though.
Is the raised top big enough for one of those big grid pads?
How did you learn to turn the legs?

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niagrab

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 10:55 AM

Well thanks! The raised top/easel/whatever-it’s-called is 24 1/2 ” x 16”, so it’s plenty big for a large grid pad. The legs were the only things that I didn’t do myself…can’t afford a lathe right now. So I just went to home depot and bought some banister rails for a couple bucks and used them as the legs. They weren’t sturdy enough for the table and that’s why I added the support rails.

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naomi weiss

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 02:11 PM

Your first project! You have a gift! Great deal on a table saw—but please don’t hurt yourself!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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CaptainSkully

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 04:36 PM

That’s the nicest vs. cheapest project I’ve ever seen. I’ve always loved drafting tables. Keep up the good work.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 10-06-2009 05:05 PM

Fantastic work unbelievable first project.What next a bomb bay chest?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 12:19 AM

Nice work for your first project, congrats!

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 02:20 AM

1st project….very impressive. Now you know you have to start on the next one!

-- Don, Flower Mound, TX

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#9 posted 01-20-2010 08:50 PM

great 1st project! Awesome top, with the drafting table.

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