|Project by WoodshopJoe||posted 11-01-2010 05:36 AM||2534 views||10 times favorited||22 comments|
I have been away from LJ for a while, busy with stuff you know. I did find some time to get into the shop and work on a project I have been meaning to do for a while. A simple, light-weight, movable computer desk for the kids computer and homework. I made it mostly out of left over pieces of wood from other projects, so the only thing I had to buy was the casters. I put it on casters so that if I wanted to use it as an additional workspace in the office I could roll it over to my desk area, which may prove difficult if a PC is on it but I liked the idea so i did it anyway. You wouldn’t think it but it has a number of types of wood in it. The base is walnut, and cherry, the top is birch, maple and an accent of Brazilian cherry and the keyboard tray is hickory, walnut with maple supports. All the underside reinforcing on the shelf and desk top is done with oak and hickory. I didn’t have much walnut to work with, so to get the curves I ripped the board down the desired thickness and the cut it into shorter pieces with miters and use maple splines to join them together and then cut the radius. I was a bit concerned about the joint that holds the back legs since the shape of the desk puts quite a bit of force on that joint; so I used epoxy on that joint….it’s not going to fail. I finished it with 3 coats of Formby’s tung oil finish. Anyway, I am sure the kids will get many years of use out it. I may build a rolling set of drawers to go with it in the near future…but my wife is on me for new kitchen. I told her that cabinets aren’t as much fun to make as things like this so maybe
Thanks in advance for taking a look and let me know what you think….
-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop