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Project by Schnur posted 08-03-2016 03:45 PM 659 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It can be easy to get carried away with the perceived need for only the strongest joinery when constructing a project because of course, you want your project to last. And for some, it is simply a point of pride. I’ve used this way of thinking plenty of times, but most of the time, the strongest joints are not the most convenient. I decided to take the idea of using only the most convenient joints to the extreme in my latest project, which contains only butt joints secured with 195 screws. Yep, I counted. Are drawers secured with 5 screws per joint stronger than dovetails? Probably not, but it will still probably last a lifetime due to the light-duty nature of the drawers. And it took a small fraction of the time it takes to make a quality dovetail joint. I’ll take that trade off for this project.
But at the end of the day, I believe the use of simple joinery fits with the overall simple aesthetic of the desk. The maple and walnut make for a good contrast while the screws covered with dowels are understated in their highlighting of the joinery.
The project was finished with Watco Danish oil, General Finishes satin urethane, and Old Masters paste wax.
Maybe I can slave over some dovetails when I’m retired. But for now, I’m a dental student too busy studying for boards.

-- https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicholas_schnur/albums/72157650471428691





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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#1 posted 08-03-2016 06:15 PM

Wow! There is definitely an elegance in simplicity. The desk looks great and I really like the wood contrast. Great work. Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 08-03-2016 06:17 PM

No matter what joinery you used, that’s a very elegant and attractive piece. It might even be that more complicated joinery would detract from the stylish details.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#3 posted 08-04-2016 12:35 AM

I agree that we can get too hung up on over engineering and at times lose sight of the end goal
Great looking piece and well suited for the intended purpose

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 08-04-2016 05:42 AM

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#5 posted 08-04-2016 05:45 AM

Looks like Danish elegance!
Very well done.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 08-04-2016 08:00 AM

Well done great lines and color.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-04-2016 01:14 PM

That thing is going to disintegrate by the end of the month.

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#8 posted 08-04-2016 05:45 PM


That thing is going to disintegrate by the end of the month.

- gargey

gargey, what makes you say something stupid like that?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 08-04-2016 06:46 PM

It’s a nice practical desk. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#10 posted 08-04-2016 09:37 PM

gargey, what makes you say something stupid like that?
- oldnovice

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#11 posted 08-05-2016 01:04 PM

very nice

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#12 posted 08-06-2016 12:48 PM

Love it! This looks fantastic!

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