|Project by ChuckM||posted 08-13-2010 08:15 PM||2242 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I built this computer desk out of cherry plywood 3/4” and tiger wood (edge banding and drawer – keyboard and monitor stand and its drawer) in June. The underneath bookshelf is made of birch 1/4” plywood. But the drawer for the monitor stand was only completed yesterday, because I wanted to build a drawer using dovetail joints and there wasn’t enough time for me in June. The keyboard drawer slides were from Lee Valley. The tiger wood was left over pieces from a previous hardwood floor project, from which many pens have also been turned.
This is the first time I tried the Leigh Superjig’s half blind (one pass) method. After two test cuts, I was able to find the setting for the perfect blind. Many users praised the Leigh manual but after reading it many times and actually using it, I think there’re four to five places where improvements can be made in the instructions. I’ll use the jig more so I can be better at my ability to use the jig.
Apart from the dovetail joint, dado grooves are the main joinery used in this project. The finish is wipe-on poly. Before I put on any finish, I let the piece sit under the sun for a few hours (around noon) each for a couple of days and the aged look is better than I expected. There’re several other ways to finish a cherry piece but I find this the most simple.
Blunders committed: oversanded a veneer corner; edge banding could have been done better; one of the fingers wasn’t tightened down and moved (you can see it in the dovetail jig close-up picture). Part of the joint was skewed slightly.
Valuable lessons: All of the above.
-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted