|Project by Dadoo||posted 2242 days ago||4943 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
I’ve been “dancing ‘round the barn” as to whether I want to post this project or not. It’s the desk from “HECK” which is one doorway short of “HELL”. This desk was built to plans from Woodsmith magazine with very little modifications. Usually I build to my own plans and design the project to fit. This one seemed to measure up so I built it to the plans’ dimensions. It turned out “almost” too small. I added the shelf on the right side for the scanner and tower placement. In the near future I plan on adding a set of drawers to the left side. This desk almost went to the bonfire pit, but there is just too much blood, sweat and tears in it to do that. So I keep modifying it. Which is also why I haven’t plugged the screw holes on the left side.
One of the killers here was that I had a router table made from a scrap of MDF counter top. It was a great idea at the time and added to the tablesaw, allowed the use of the saw fence as a router fence. Unknown to me though that after a year, the table had sagged about 1/32” so when I routed the bisquet slots for the maple edge, then took the router out to route the slots on the MDF top…Well, after the glue had dried, and I flipped it over and noticed the maple edge was 1/32” higher than the laminate top! It took weeks of sanding and scrapeing to get it down to the proper level. Did I mention that this was Maple? Hard as concrete maple? Anyhow, I ended up messing up the edge of the laminate in areas, so I then routed a 1/4” groove and placed in a strip of inlay. By the way, your wood chisles make for a very good detail scraper when drawn backwards.
It is a sturdy desk and is designed to knock down quickly, not that I really need that feature. But being in pieces made it easy to get it thru the door. The top must weigh 100lbs! I swear, it is heavy! Being in pieces also made it easier to carry. Anyhow, I’m gonna add a black cloth panel to the front to mask that 4” design space. There is a keyboard drawer in the plans too, but we prefer a more solid typing platform. That and my keyboard is wireless, so I can toss it on the side when not needed.
The shelf over the desk is 3/4” birch ply with a maple edge. (Got the bisquet slotting down to a science now!) The poster board is made of a tacky face, like post-it-notes but cost $35.00! You know I didn’t pay that much! It was damaged so the clerk sold it to me for $6.00! So I cut off the damaged edge and made a maple frame! Then there’s that clock. It’s a 1923 Ingraham and didn’t work at all. Someone had overwound it. So I took the springs out and allowed them to relax for a few days, then refinished it (cuz I want it pretty) and got it running again! Dadoo’s Shop…We do it all!
-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!