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Frame and Panel Desk

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Project by guitchess posted 03-31-2008 04:35 PM 1814 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all,


This is my first project post. I am more than willing to accept advice from you more experienced wood workers.



Most of my work, including this desk, is built out of neccessity. So, if you have any tips on giving a project like this a little more flare, bring it on.



The majority of the wood that I’m building this desk with is pine and fir recycled from the remodeling of my house.My intention is to paint it white after construction(I have dark walls in my office so I want to lighten the room by keeping the furniture light). After spending the last 17 years building with new growth SPF, working with this older stuff (40-50 years) is a dream.


The end panels are simple tongue and groove.I also have the drawer runners and facing material prepared(not pictured). Although, I am not happy with my face frame design, specifically the joinery. My goal was to maximize the amount of usable drawer space, but I fear the rails may not have enough support to last.



I will post more images as I proceed.

Ned





6 comments so far

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Manderson

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#1 posted 03-31-2008 04:50 PM

Nice lines and proportioning in the design. The vertical and horizontal spacing and lines are really pleasing to the eye.

For maximum width in drawers I usually go with a groved drawer construction.

Go with a hardwood runner though you’ll be amazed at what wear and endurance you can get with a runner with small depth.

Btw… really great idea in recycling the old lumber.

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guitchess

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#2 posted 03-31-2008 05:06 PM

Grooved drawer!! Why didn’t I think of that? Lumberjocks is already helping me.


My plan for finishing is to coat with a lacquer sealer, sand, fill grain/pores/voids, prime, and finish coat with enamel(all to be sprayed). I have used similar finishes for interior trim with good results. Does any one have any suggestions/improvements that might add to the durability?

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-31-2008 07:11 PM

The design on the desk looks good. I commend you for using recycled materials that is a win-sin situation for everyone. Your finishing routine should produce a smooth surface and the enamel will give the wood protection.

Thanks for the post. By the way you might want to consider taking pictures as you go and doing a construction post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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GaryK

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#4 posted 04-01-2008 06:32 AM

Looks very good so far. I will be interested in how it turns out.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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rikkor

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#5 posted 04-01-2008 01:04 PM

This will be a fun project to watch develop. Thanks for posting.

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PanamaJack

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 08:32 PM

This is a very nice start Ned!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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