L-Shaped Computer Desk & Wall Unit

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Project by ND2ELK posted 03-27-2010 12:42 AM 9955 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an L-Shaped computer desk & wall unit I just completed. The box constructions, drawer and door panels are made of 3/4” birch plywood. The top trim, side trim, base trim, drawer cover trim and door trim are made of 4/4 solid birch. The top is made of 3/4” particle board covered with Formica brand laminite. The drawers are made of 1/2” Baltic birch. It has two coats of Zar Moorish Teak oil stain and two brushed on coats of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane clear semi gloss finish. I put on two coats of paste wax and used #000 steel wool to apply it.

The plywood is from Canada and would you believe it was a true 3/4” thick and the veneer was 1/16” thick. Just like the good old days! This was the first time I used these finish products and I was not very impressed with them. The stain was too thick and hard to apply. It also did not stain the plywood and solid stock evenly. The finish did not flow very evenly and I felt the finish job was below my personal standards. I like Minwax stains and satin polyurethane much better.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 03-27-2010 12:53 AM

Nice work, too bad about the stain but it looks like it did turn out well from here.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 03-27-2010 12:59 AM

Like always Tom great job. Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 03-27-2010 01:25 AM

This unit looks good Mr. Mc Bridge. I can see the stain problem you are talking about, That`s one reason I dont like to try new finishing products. Over all a good build though.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 03-27-2010 02:21 AM

Great job, Tom. I really like it. Those new tools look like they are working.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-27-2010 02:34 AM

Like always beautiful, just beautiful!!!

Should have gone to Florida while it was cold and snowy in Iowa. LOL

Thanks for sharing

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#6 posted 03-27-2010 02:36 AM

Nice job, Tom.

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#7 posted 03-27-2010 03:41 AM

Very nice! You do beautiful work!

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#8 posted 03-27-2010 05:42 AM

this looks real nice tom ,
good solid build .

bummer about leaving the cold ,
it took so long to get used to it (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 03-27-2010 05:43 AM

looks good from where I sit. The new tools are serving you well. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 03-27-2010 05:46 AM

Very nice work Tom

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 03-27-2010 06:47 AM

Nice looking build Tom. It’s a project on my list, hopefully soon.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#12 posted 03-27-2010 12:26 PM

Beautiful desk..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 03-27-2010 12:28 PM

Fine looking desk! Great job!

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#14 posted 03-27-2010 12:50 PM

Great job Tom!

Enjoy the delivery.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 03-27-2010 12:54 PM

It looks great Tom!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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