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Project by squaredwobble posted 09-17-2016 04:19 PM 648 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter was about to start the second grade and she always used our dinner table as a desk. I thought it was time to get her a desk of her own. We thought about purchasing one, but why buy one if you can build one? I used birch ply for the whole thing, except the edge band of the main table. That was my first time cutting large ply on my small table saw in my small garage workshop. It was a bit nerve racking. I used SketchUp to help plan out all of my cuts. I used the roller kind of drawer slides thinking it was easier to use…I was wrong. I guess I was wrong because this was my first project with drawers. I found out that I don’t like making drawers because it is difficult. I guess the more I do, the better I’ll get at it. I also realized that I should have made the drawer box 4 sided, then add the face board to it. I think that would of made the alignment process much easier. Live and learn I guess. Well, the dimensions are 49” wide, 30” tall, 24.5” deep. I wanted the paint to be very durable and able to withstand the rigors of…children. So, I went with enamel spray paint. I wanted to experiment with spray paint on a larger scale, because it has worked very well for me in the past on smaller projects. Only time will tell. To the ozone, I apologize.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

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#1 posted 09-17-2016 07:22 PM

Nice work, nice colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-17-2016 08:05 PM

Thanks Ivan. My daughter chose the colors. I would have left it au naturel if it were staying in the garage with me.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

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#3 posted 09-17-2016 09:11 PM

Nice work, seems you learned a great deal. Making drawers can be easy, or complicated depending on approach and what type of construction. Some love dovetails while others stick with simple 4 sides, some screws or nails and a faceplate.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 03:55 AM

How great! To have her own desk, customized just for her – well, how wonderful.

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#5 posted 09-18-2016 03:56 AM

Thank you. I guess I went the complicated route making the drawers. It started out simple, then it got complicated. I did the simple 4 sides, pocket holes, and glue, and the fourth side was the faceplate. That was a huge mistake. That just made the alignment much more difficult. I used a 1/16” shim to space out the drawer faces. Don’t get me started on trying to level the actual drawers. I learned so much of what not to do. I did route a groove for the drawer bottom, though.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 06:23 PM

I have been saying I would make desks for my children and you nailed it on the head, I’m intimidated by the whole drawer thing. lol The desk you made looks great I’m sure your daughter will love it!

One question: How did you go about learning sketchup? I’ve downloaded it but never found a tutorial or anything to walk me through it.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-20-2016 02:35 AM

Thanks Richard. I say just plow through it, even though you’re intimidated. You’ll either get it right the first time, or learn how to do it right the next time. I learned Sketchup doing other things like electronics and such. Then I realized how well it would work with woodworking. Then I found videos from a guy named Aaron Marshall and Rob Cameron who each have a video series on woodworking with Sketchup. I knew how to do the basic stuff, but after their videos, I was able to do a whole lot more. I still go back to their videos from time to time relearn what I have forgotten. That reminds me. I should watch them again.

-- -My favorite Jewish carpenter other than Jesus is Norm Abram. - Wayne Stiles

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