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Project by Philip posted 984 days ago 1017 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was browsing through old photos looking for a certain picture I took once upon a time to try and identify the wood it was made out of when I came across these.

I made this desk at the same time I made the glider for my wife. This was my first real project/shocker with woodworking. I bought the laminate veneer through the shop I was working at and even with their preferred discount the laminate was like $67 bucks (this is back in ‘07) After that I went out looking for wood and being naive I went to Home Depot or Lowes or something like that. Needless to say the selection was weak and expensive. Nevertheless I bought a 4 X 4 pine and a 1 X 1 redwood, and the stain to match the laminate. I was up to about $100 + for the project.

Thankfully a student working that had a lot more experience than me helped me put this together. I somewhat learned how to joint the wood, arrange and mark the legs for best grain pattern, we even tapered the legs. I ended up putting the taper on the outside edge vs the inside edge (so embarrassing) The MDF that I attached the laminate to was free. The redwood went around the edge biscuit joined to the MDF. The aprons are very tiny since I just used scrap. The shelves have a routed edge and were screwed into a notch in the legs. From then on I was won over to plug cutters vs ready-available plugs. The desk is huge, like 5’ or more if I remember right.

Needless to say I learned a lot and since I had already spent so much on the desk I scraped up $30 to buy the Oak (from the shop- not Home Depot) to make the glider.

So many lessons learned…..wow. This was even back when I was unsure of the difference between drywall and plaster (I grew up in Mexico- everything is made from bricks/adobe/plaster there) and now I’m a maintenance manager for a college…who knew.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 983 days ago

Sounds like you learned a lot doing this project. If you’re anything like most of us we’re self taught and you learn as you go. Beautiful table.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 283 days ago

This is so elegant. Your design sense is acute to say the least.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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