My First Major Project (Table / Desk)

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Project by kyle_v posted 1394 days ago 3025 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real woodworking project. I’m using this as my new computer desk. The desk is pretty tall, 30” or so. I didn’t try my hand at any fancy joinery, the legs are just dowel joined to the rails. The top is made from various pieces of scrap lumber I found in the trash around my neighborhood. I ripped the pieces of wood to 3/4” x 1”. Then I glued them up in stages, making four 8” planks, which I then planed down and then glued up to a larger panel. The top is about 29” x 55” total. The legs and rails are made from construction 2×4s. Each leg is made from two 2×4s which I glued together face to face and then cut to a 3”x3” blank 30” long. Then I tapered two adjacent sides. The rails are 2×4s which I cut to 3” x 1.5”. The top is screwed to the rails in some enlarged counter bored holes. I finished the whole thing with Tung Oil.

It was a fun project and I am excited to get working on something new.

Thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 1394 days ago

Well congratulations on a job well done! Your first project is a success! You now have a lovely sturdy computer desk to enjoy. What’s next I wonder? :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 1394 days ago

Welcome to Ljs
This a fantastic first project ,I really like that top.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1394 days ago

thats one hell of a glue up and one hell of a first project … nice work bro!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 1394 days ago

Great Recycling, and free! Awesome Top!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#5 posted 1394 days ago

Ditto on a great glue-up!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 1394 days ago

One man’s trash is your treasure. Nice looking top.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 1394 days ago

Wow, great looking table. Well done.

Welcome to the LJ world…you can never go back! :)


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#8 posted 1394 days ago

Very good use of material! Can’t wait to see your next project.

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#9 posted 1394 days ago

Looks awefully good from here for scrap material!! nice wrok.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 1394 days ago

Nice very nice and a lot of work…..............................Schloemoe

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#11 posted 1393 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s nice table.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#12 posted 1393 days ago

Nice first project. Congratulations – looks great! Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 1393 days ago

Thanks for warm welcome. I’ve been lurking here for a while. I’m glad to finally be able to post something. Thanks again.

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