|Project by Salty||posted 09-14-2011 12:26 AM||1593 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
My daughter just started second grade and needed a desk for homework and other things. I thought why not build one. Considering this was going to be my first desk project, I wanted to keep the design simple so that I can learn the basics of mortise and tenon joinery. Although the table is a basic design, I decided to use nice high quality wood. The legs and aprons are made from clear grain Douglas fir held together with mortise and tenon joinery. The top is constructed from cherry planks joined with full-length hidden splines. My kids are pretty brutal on furniture so I thought that splines would add extra strength to the top. The drawer front is made by cutting out a section of the front apron. I don’t like the gap left by the saw kerf. Again, this was a learning project so I have some new ideas how to handle this on future projects. I also included a picture of the rails I used to hold the drawer sliders. Those are held to the front panel with two stubby mortises and tenons and a couple of dowels to keep them from detaching from the front apron. The back of the rails are held into dados and a screw from the back of the apron. Finish is shellac to seal the grain. And then a bunch of wipe on glossy poly buffed to a satin finish. The top has extra coats of poly; a sanding at 320, and then 400 wet sanding. Rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and paste wax. Then a final rub down with 0000 steel wool. I experimented on the bottom of the table first. Once I liked the final look, I proceed to finish off the top.
I learned a lot from this project. Keeping it simple was the key for me. I really like the fir and cherry combo. My daughter is so happy to have her own desk. The drawer has a secret compartment in the back. She loves that too. Now I need to make something for my older son. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advanced for your advice and comments