|Project by che||posted 12-03-2007 06:35 PM||1869 views||10 times favorited||9 comments|
My wife wanted a new desk to replace her second or third hand me down pile of pine she had all through college. She really liked the design of a desk from Crate and Barrel so I offered to make it. We decided on a budget equal to the cost of the C&B desk. I made a couple of minor changes to the desk. We both use laptops so the keyboard drawer was out and since the desk would be for both of us (although it is mostly for my wife who often works from home) we inserted 2 drawers, one for each of us, in its place.
The joinery is fairly traditional and a mixture of hand and machine cut. All dovetails were hand cut as was the half lap on the legs. The mortise and tennon connecting the leg brace is machine cut (table saw and router). The internal drawer supports are table sawed tongue and groove. The drawers have a false front which was hand cut from the same piece of wood as the desk front to maintain grain continuity and keep the gap small. The legs are screwed to the carcass and the screws covered with plugs.
I really like the combination of heart and sap wood. I think it adds a really interesting design element.
Thanks for looking and constructive criticism welcome.