Desk for Son

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Project by GeoRoe posted 08-25-2016 01:27 PM 1144 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this desk for one of my children from rough cut knotty alder. This is just before I finished the last drawer, which has a big knot on the front. It was my first attempt at drawers and dovetailing. I used a porter cable jig, while they seem sturdy, there are some gaps in some of the joints. If there are any hints on obtaining consistency with dovetail jigs, I’d appreciate the benefit of your experience.

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 04:28 PM

I need to do this for my oldest son. Great work and it looks like it turned out really really well. As for the use of the jig have you checked Porter Cable’s site or youtube for techniques? I’d be interested to hear what you find as I have a porter cable dovetailing jig that I think I’m not quite taking full advantage of.

-- 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 08-26-2016 12:26 AM

Nice work on that desk. I have used a porter cable omnijig 24” for years when I need to make drawers quickly. Best results in my experience require all material milled at the same time to ensure consistent thickness, run test joints to get depth of cut precise so no gaps are present, slight tapping with mallet and block of wood to fully assemble, don’t sand the inside of drawer parts after you machine dovetails, sand before, make sure clamping mechanism is even side to side. Hope this helps.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#3 posted 08-26-2016 12:43 AM

Very nice looking desk—it’s got a little bit of an A&C look to it that I like! I’ll bet your son will be very pleased with it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 08-26-2016 02:17 AM

That’s a really fine looking desk. I bet your son will really enjoy it.

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#5 posted 08-26-2016 04:40 AM

That is a nice looking desk, definitely not off of a showroom floor!
The size looks perfect, not too big or too small.
The wood and color are very rich looking.

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

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#6 posted 08-26-2016 12:02 PM

Beautiful job there.


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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 08-26-2016 12:24 PM

Great job. Gustav Stickley is smiling down on you!

Would love to see another photo of the top … maybe … please?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 01:42 AM

Nice job!

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