|Project by Mark Brown||posted 07-03-2011 05:58 AM||11776 views||19 times favorited||10 comments|
I designed this desk for my wife for her Cricut scrapbooking supply. If you’re not familiar with a Cricut machine, it’s similar to an ink jet printer or small plotter, but uses a cutting knife instead of ink. The machine uses plug-in cartridges that typically include several themed patterns or fonts. My wife is a school teacher and over the past few years, she has managed to collect quite-a-few cartridges. After searching the local stores and internet, she couldn’t find a desk that really met her needs and asked if I could design\build one for her.
I built the desk using birch plywood for the cabinet boxes, maple for the drawers, popular for the rail & stile doors and side panels, and MDF beadboard for panel inserts. The desk top was made using butcher block that I purchased from Ikea. Because the desk was wider than a standard kitchen countertop, I had to glue together two pieces of butcher block. The left side of the desk has two slide-out shelves for her Cricut machines and the right side includes four drawers with dovetail construction. The narrow compartment on the bottom is designed for storing large poster board.
The top hutch has 28 shelves for storing over-sized scrapbook paper. The hutch also includes two sets of small shelves that are designed to hold 56 Cricut cartridges. I also added two polished aluminum rods between the shelves for holding her spools of ribbon. The shelves for the cartridges are raised up off the top of the desk top to allow additional space when working on larger paper. I added an electrical outlet in the top for other accessories.
This was my first desk and I learned a lot while building it. Thanks for looking…
-- Mark, Pearland Tx