|Project by Philip||posted 12-22-2011 07:33 AM||1087 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
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.
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