Desk for Home Office

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Project by Plane & Simple Neil posted 12-23-2009 08:20 PM 2413 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, the first time I got interested in wood work was in 2004 when a local company quoted me almost 6 grand to install a desk in a bay window of the room I use as my home office. Not only was the price eye watering but the dimensions were limited. So I took a 10 week evening class at Norwich Technical College (Thursday evenings 5 – 9 pm) and learned a little bit about how to make things out of plywood. The class was excellent and cost only about 70 bucks and while everyone was making small items like bird boxes, I turned up with half a dozen sheets of 4×8 birch laminated plywood in the back of an old pick up truck, with a sketch of a desk spanning about 20 feet in a half circle.

Some skill sawing and biscuit joints, varnish and ten weeks later and there is was.

The hardest thing was making it to measure – to fit exactly the curve of the bay window. I think it was the first time I’d used geometry ever since school.

I love this desk , as does my wife. I made it 30 in high and 30 in deep. so its a good size.

Although, these days I wouldn’t call it woodwork so much as perhaps carpentry, I use it every day and it got me started in cabinet making and woodworking proper. So in reflection, 5 years and many tools later, it would have been cheaper to pay the six grand! :-)

p.s. in one of the photos you can see a jewelry box I just finished for my wife.
And sorry about the photos, the snow outside is blinding and causing havoc with the exposure.

-- Neil, Connecticut - Hand planing is good for the soul!

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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 08:26 PM

Wow: I think it looks awesome. I love the shine on the desk is beautiful.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 09:37 PM

Good for you! Not only did you get your desk, but you have started a hobby that will last you a lifetime and give you much pride and pleasure. And great job on the desk, I love it!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 09:37 PM

Look´s like really nice place to work and the desk is like “carpenters” job!!


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#4 posted 12-23-2009 11:19 PM

Great looking job. I love the look of that desk and how it fits the wall.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 03:33 PM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 03:44 AM

You obviously live by the addage, “Go big or go home.” Great work. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 03:50 AM

Looks very good Neil

-- Custom furniture

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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 12-26-2009 08:39 AM

Great location for the desk, I really like that top it is beautiful!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 07:52 PM

If I had a desk that size, there’s no end to the extra junk I could accumulate in my office. Great job fitting it to the space. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#10 posted 03-29-2010 04:09 PM

Really nice work! I especially like the reading material on the desk: “Biochemistry for Dummies” :-)

-- We are all just one moment of arrogance away from disaster

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#11 posted 03-29-2010 04:13 PM

Nice looking desk.

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