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Project by woody57 posted 11-07-2009 11:15 PM 8254 views 34 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a desk/toybox that I made for my granddaughter Sadie. The box was made with birch plywood. The arms for the desk top supports were made from solid maple. I used the beadlock system (it is a type of mortise and loose tenon joinery) to join the maple parts.

I used dovetail keys for first time to reinforce the corners. First I assembled the mitered corners with glue and buiscuits. After the glue set I cut the dovetail slots using a router jig I made(the plan for this was in Shopnotes magazine Vol. 18 issue 104). I cut the key stock on the table saw to match the angle of my router bit. The keys are made from mohogany.

For the finish I used minwax antique maple stain and polyurathane.

-- Emmett, from Georgia





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Vincent Labreche

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 11:32 PM

Very nice desk and bench!

I love how the desk rotates to make the bench.
Great work!

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papadan

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 11:45 PM

One of the nicest designs I have seen in a while.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 11-07-2009 11:54 PM

great design and exceptional execution. So well made that your granddaughter’s granddaughter may well be using it.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 11-08-2009 12:28 AM

That’s awesome!..bet she knows who’s leg she can snatch outa joint!! :-)))

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillvalley.org

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#5 posted 11-08-2009 12:50 AM

cool design and well built

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 11-08-2009 01:11 AM

Very nice design and build.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 11-08-2009 03:02 AM

Wow! Very nice design and well crafted. Very clever. I was surprised it could be used as a bench too. Any other hidden utilities?

If this is your own design, hat’s off buddy.

Congrats.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 11-08-2009 03:30 AM

What a great design and build. So unique.

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

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#9 posted 11-08-2009 04:22 AM

Nice work!

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#10 posted 11-08-2009 05:12 AM

Nicely built desk-toybox!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 11-08-2009 07:25 AM

Awesome combo!! :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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nmkidd

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#12 posted 11-08-2009 10:24 AM

Really clever design. Won’t find anything like this in a store. Your granddaughter will will be one happy camper. Great job.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#13 posted 11-08-2009 02:40 PM

verry nice, 2 big thumbs up, now if I just had some grandkids.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#14 posted 11-08-2009 04:30 PM

As others have said, the design is pure genius, and the execution is superb!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 11-08-2009 07:39 PM

Thanks for all the kind remarks. I wish I could take credit for the design,but I can’t. I got the plan from u-bild.com plan no. 763. I did make some changes however. They showed it made from all plywood with screwed together butt joints. I used solid maple on the support arms. I mitered the corners on the chest and reinforced them with dovetail keys.
I covered all exposed edges with maple. On the desk top, I put a maple frame around the plywood. It’s wide enough that when I joined the arm to the top I was able to get a long grain to long grain joint using glue and dowels.
I forgot to mention on my original post that it was also a bench.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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