Cherry Executive Desk

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Project by Nic posted 02-24-2012 04:06 AM 1937 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry Executive Desk, Finished with a General Finish Enduro Semi Gloss (water base). There were many challenges with this particular project. Most were involved with the lack of planning or the finish being harder to use that anticipated. I did not buy the hardware till the end which caused me to have to remake the doors and drawers, origionally my plans called for flush mount. I shot the water based poly with an HPLV sprayer, but had problems with Fish Eye, drips, runs, and uneven application. Apparently, you cannot use a tack cloth (oil base) with the water based poly, or it creates spots. I also could not get enough volume out of the gun and had to thin the poly down more and could never get it to lay right. eventually i gave up and went to a nice brush. Two coats brushed, sanded at 220, third, fouth, and fiifth coat sanded with Abralon at 360, 500, and 1000. smooth as glass finish, then waxed. I highly recomend using the Abralon pads with the orbital sander. Poplar drawers dovetailed with metal slides. The top is solid Cherry 3/4 inch thick, then around the edges another 3/4 for the appearance of 1.5 inches, and i added ply filler through the middle area where it could not be seen. Cherry ply for the sides and keyboard tray. I regret the use of Pocket holes on the inside of the cabinet. With the Glass doors, you can see the plugs and it would have been just as easy to glue and biscut, or create dado.

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 04:17 AM

I really like your desk, and after you told me about your regret on using pocket screws which are visible through the glass door I have to agree. Okay lesson learnt. Move on to the next exciting project.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 05:03 AM

Really cool desk nice work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 10:42 PM

That is a good looking desk; solid looking yet not overdone. Nice dovetails on the drawers. Should give many years of fine service.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 08:33 PM

What are the dimensions of this desk if you don’t mind me asking? I am working on a desk design now but with drawers on one side and and open shelving on the other


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#5 posted 04-05-2012 03:09 AM

The Top ends up being 32×69. It is very large and is a statement within itself. The Height is 31 inches, which is 2 or 3 inches above standard being that i am 6’2’’ and wanted more leg room. There are two base cabinets. 19×29. The Actual drawers are 6 inches deep 15×19.5. Drawer fronts are 8×17.75. The drawer are plenty of room for office supplies and such. The Keyboard drawer front piece is 4 inches tall, just about enough room for a keyboard and mouse, nothing more after you figure in the desk supports that are hidden and 3/4 inch drawer bottom.

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