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Project by woody57 posted 1749 days ago 5822 views 33 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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#1 posted 1749 days ago

Very nice desk and bench!

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

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#2 posted 1749 days ago

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 1749 days ago

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 1748 days ago

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

-- Bruce

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#5 posted 1748 days ago

cool design and well built

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1748 days ago

Very nice design and build.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 1748 days ago

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.




-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#8 posted 1748 days ago

What a great design and build. So unique.

-- John @

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#9 posted 1748 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1748 days ago

Nicely built desk-toybox!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 1748 days ago

Awesome combo!! :-))

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

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#12 posted 1748 days ago

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 1748 days ago

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 1748 days ago

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 1748 days ago

Thanks for all the kind remarks. I wish I could take credit for the design,but I can’t. I got the plan from 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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