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Shaker Desk with Cove & Pin Drawer

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Project by danriffle posted 01-28-2011 03:38 AM 2844 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small Shaker style trestle desk. It has a shallow drawer that I made with a Cove & Pin joint. The joint was a lot of work to fit correctly, but I think the effect is worth it. There was a fair combination of hand and machine work involved.

The table is constructed of poplar, stained and finished with varnish.

Here’s a detail shot of the drawer.





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Ryan

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 04:06 AM

I like the drawer joint.
It’s pretty !!

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 04:58 AM

Nicely crafted, Dan.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 05:20 AM

great looking table,,the finish is great, poplar looks great

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 06:10 AM

I like the contrast of the desk’s simplicity and the drawer’s complexity. Great job. I’m tempted to try that joint, it’s really cool. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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danriffle

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 02:23 PM

Thanks guys! The cove & pin joint is even more complex than the Fishtail joint, but I do like the way it looks. I’ve gone through about a dozen variations on paper and a couple in reality to make the joint—always refining…

Dan

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 03:03 PM

You done good Dan. You knocked one out of the park with the drawers. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 01-28-2011 06:11 PM

I like the fact that you can see the joint even when the drawer is slid into place. Nice job dressing up that poplar. I also like the way you used the mineral streak in the drawer as well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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danriffle

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#8 posted 01-28-2011 07:26 PM

Thanks for the kind words. And, thanks for noticing the streak. Traditionally, the drawer would have a shaker knob or two on the front, but there’s no reason since the drawer is so small it can be pulled out from beneath. Plus, that showcases the wood.

I do like the color, but I didn’t like the stain. No more water based stuff for me—it raises the grain too much. I’ll stick with oil based.

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#9 posted 01-28-2011 07:31 PM

Did you pre-raise the grain and still have issues? What about using a water based sealer, or a wash coat of shellac, for that matter?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 01:03 AM

I’m all for saving steps. With oil based all I have to do is wipe it on and off. I like that.

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#11 posted 01-29-2011 01:06 AM

Nice looking desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 01-29-2011 04:11 AM

That joint is a new one to me.
It really sets off the piece.

Thanks for posting.

-- Don't apprentice under anyone with less than ten fingers.

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 04:24 AM

Didn’t know if you ever sprayed anything, or have your shop in the house, etc. where any fumes might be an issue. Oils certainly are a nice, easy way to go, as well as the way they tend to show off the wood too. Not as fast to dry, but if time isn’t an issue, then it doesn’t matter anyway.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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danriffle

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#14 posted 01-29-2011 07:44 PM

Yes, I do have the luxury of a separate shop (and access to a spray booth) so fumes aren’t a problem.

Guess I’m spoiled :)

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