Daughter's desk

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Project by Roostermiester posted 1611 days ago 1126 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk was a Christmas present to my daughter who was starting to get more homework from school. I think the legs were made from Alder and the rest from Birch and Birch plywood. This was my first attempt at making tapered legs. I used a jig made from MDF that was cut just for these legs which taper up to just below the apron. I used a tongue in grove bit to route and join the plywood and surrounding border. The legs are joined with dowels. This was also my first attempt at dovetail joints on the drawers. I bought a cheap jig and somehow managed to make it work (I think I need a better one). The front apron is all one piece and the drawer holes cut out with a jig saw. I finished it with 3-4 coats of poly.
To my utter horror, when we moved to Colorado my wife decided that the desk color need to go better with her room color and decided to paint it a dark brown. I still cringe every time I look at the desk now. Maybe some day I’ll be able to sand it down and refinish it the way it was meant to be.

-- Scott Rust - The Roostermiester

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#1 posted 1611 days ago

Nice job on the desk… the finish looks (looked) great.

Sorry to hear about the paint job. Have you started dating again since the divorce? :-)

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

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#2 posted 1610 days ago

Great job on the desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1610 days ago

Very nice work. I’ve made desks similar to this and my last one for my niece had tapered legs that I also made with a table saw jig.
I cringe when someone wants a piece of furniture made to paint. I don’t know, maybe it’s me but I feel like they should just go get an enamel covered particle board one at walmart. To me it almost seems like, what’s the point of using wood. Then they take a beautiful grain and paint it robin’s egg blue. ick.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 1610 days ago

Looks good on the pictures. I am at the point people are starting to ask me to make stuff for them. I hate the thought of people changing things I did. Once it leaves my hands I don’t want to know what they do to it. In your case you probably had to witness it. ouch.

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

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#5 posted 1609 days ago

Great job Scott…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 1609 days ago

A great looking desk Scott

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1608 days ago

Great job! The finish looks absolutely perfect—I can’t believe anyone would want to paint that! The half-blind dovetails look good to me, and I tend to be a picky bugger. ;o)

And regarding the “command decision” to paint it…


-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#8 posted 1072 days ago

ahem, coulda painted the room…

Just saying.

-- RoBanJo

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