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Project by nelson posted 10-14-2009 02:20 PM 1597 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a desk a couple of years ago that I was never happy with. The second to last picture shows what I originally made.

The biggest portion of this project was the custom file cabinet. It used good quality Blum slides since the file has a lot of weight. They work great in a situation like this.

The supporting structure was mostly assembled with pocket screws, since I needed to be able to bring it up the stairs from my basement shop.

I recently got a Ridgid R4511, so this was my first project with it. The drawer fronts for the file cabinet were raised on the table saw, which ended up being a challenge, but I didn’t really have a choice as I don’t have a router table yet. I’m hoping that will be the next project though.

Oh yes. Most of the wood is recycled from a room in my house where we took down some of the oak paneling.

Also, this was the first project that I completely designed in SketchUp. It proved to be immensely useful and provided significant accuracy to the project.





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 02:23 PM

Nice computer desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 02:48 PM

Great use of recycled wood. Looks good, I like the way you ran your grain on the drawer fronts vertical instead of horizonal. That works fine for file drawers and the flow of the grain looks good. Nice job.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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nelson

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 02:58 PM

Thanks, I thought the vertical grain would be a nice touch for the drawer fronts.

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 03:19 PM

Nice upgrade. I like the filing cabinet; much better than those steel ones.

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

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 05:29 PM

Looks super Nelson

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 09:51 PM

sweet upgrade..Looks good

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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