Oak Desk

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Project by Kevin posted 12-07-2009 06:02 PM 2622 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few pictures of the oak desk that I have built. All wood came from rough cut lumber that I have jointed and planed myself. I consider the desk to be 98% finished, there are just a couple of small things that I need to do. Add some dividers in the top drawer, covering the pocket hole screws up, etc…

Pocket hole – On all sides of the carcus into the legs.
Dado and Rabbit – Used on drawers.
Glue – Used for the legs and the top panel.

Rough cut lumber was jointed, ripped and planed for the top. Each section is about 3-4” wide. I cannot remember the exact measurement right now. I used a 1/2” roundover profile on the top to match the rest of the desk. The top is attached to the carcus with wood movement/expanding directed toward the back of the desk.

The finish was cabot nutmeg oil stain with semi-gloss poly (3 coats) sanded and buffed after each coat.

All in all I am happy with the outcome. It’s nothing fancy or elaborate, but it is sturdy and it should last a lifetime. I am glad that I stumbled upon wood movement before I attached the top to the carcus :)

Like always, any suggestions and feedback is welcome.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 07:01 PM

There is nothing like a piece that you can use every day. Well done desk keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 07:48 PM

Great job and good space for the computer.
I would like to suggest adding one thing to the design. A pull out “writing” board on each side just under the top. It provides a lot of additional work surface area when needed. From the picture it looks like you have space on the left side between the first drawer and the top to add one if that idea appeals to you.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 08:22 PM

Thanks guys.

Ahh, yeah I completely forgot about that. Actually I was going to have at least one of those plus I may go ahead and have a pull out drawer in the center in case I wanted to put my keyboard/mouse there and give some more room on the top of the desk.

Thanks for the suggestion, I completely forgot about that :)

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 09:21 PM

Nice oak desk!

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 09:29 PM

Is it always that neat? LOL Looks great.

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

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 09:37 PM

LOL, Rex, I’m a systems engineer so you can probably imagine how it looks most of the time ;) I took these pictures last night when I brought it in the house. Hopefully I can keep it near that neat for the most part, I’m going to try hard anyway, lol.


-- Williamsburg, KY

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