Hobby Desk

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Project by kocgolf posted 03-28-2017 03:56 PM 757 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Melamine is not my favorite material, or any one else,s I assume. That being said, my friend wanted a hobby desk for model painting and he wanted it to be black. His budget dictated that we go with sheet goods, but I did convince him to let me trim it in cherry that I stained to match some other furniture in his place. As much as it’s a pain to work with, I did get my first taste of using edge banding, and it was simple and strangely satisfying. I added some simple profiles and such to the cherry to give it a little more decoration.

The desk has a number of little customizations. It had to fit a precise place in his office, and because of this the lower cabinet couldn’t have pull out drawers. Instead they pull out sideways. The table top on the left side also pulls out for quick access to the top shelf underneath in the cabinet. It also has a brush tray in the front and multiple holes to stand in-use brushes in the middle cherry strip. There are also two holes sized to hold his light. Soon I will be adding shelves to the back for his paints and finished models.

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#1 posted 03-28-2017 06:15 PM

Looks good .
Melamine is not that bad to work with and cuts clean top and bottom with a good blade and a perfectly aligned saw but the biggest thing to look out for is the core material MDF or hardwood sawdust core give much better results than softwood saw dust .
I would like to see more pictures .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 03-28-2017 08:49 PM

I did a rather terrible job of documenting this build. I wish I had more pictures. When I deliver the shelves in a couple weeks maybe I can update with more photos.

I didn’t mind working with the melamine as much as I thought I would. It was easy to get clean cuts and is nice to not have to mill lumber:) I did find it tough to handle because of it’s tendency to scratch, and of course it can’t be sanded to fix that.

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#3 posted 03-29-2017 01:49 PM

looks good

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#4 posted 03-29-2017 04:32 PM

This makes a very nice desk for a lot of hobbies. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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