Glass Topped Desk

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Project by emetric posted 07-06-2016 06:30 PM 541 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk that I made for my son Gabriel. It is made of primarily 2x lumber from the big box store, some 1/2” plywood scraps and the 1/4” tempered glass was salvaged from a school demolition site. There is a space between the drawer and the top that serves multiple purposes. He can store his laptop and or books when not in use or he can open the text books below the glass for reference while working on worksheets on top. The drawer and drawer box are made of 1/2” ply and the drawer is a piston fit which slides smoothly in and out of the box. All parts of the frame are joined with dominoes. The box is constructed using miter joints all around so that I didn’t have to use veneer tape. The drawer is constructed with lock rabbets and an applied front. This design is reminiscent of the dresser that I built a few years ago. It is finished with Varathane Olde Maple stain and several coats of satin poly. Thanks for looking!

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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James Wright

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#1 posted 07-06-2016 06:37 PM

Nice! I love the leg design!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#2 posted 07-06-2016 06:55 PM

Nice, the space below the glass is a good idea.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 07-06-2016 06:57 PM

Guaranteed glass breakage

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#4 posted 07-07-2016 07:26 PM

You can still read, even a book is bellow. Nice table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-07-2016 08:50 PM

Guaranteed glass breakage

- gargey

would be my concern …..... hope he don’t get mad and fist the thing …..nice looking legs


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#6 posted 07-08-2016 01:32 AM

cool looking table for sure
The tempered glass should be tentative OK
Worst case it’s easily replaced with 3/8” or 1/2” tempered glass or a 1/2” cast clear acrylic panel

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 07-08-2016 10:42 AM

Thanks to all who commented. To ease all the concerns, this desk has been in service for a year. My son requested glass for the top and is not prone to destructive outbursts.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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