Corner desk in olive ash with a tip for sanding curves

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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 10-05-2012 02:43 PM 1853 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here we have a corner desk I made for my son in the hope that he will do some homework on it.
I wanted it to curve around the corner, the space above the drawers is to accommodate an Xbox (on its side), and the whole thing is made by laying olive ash veneers I machined myself over mdf – which took ages as I don’t have a vacuum press and had to do 5 inches at a time on each component using curved clamping cauls (which work great).
Designed knowing that one day he will leave home and take it with him, this desk comes apart in less than a minute – using minifix fixings, for ease of transportation. Curved drawers are on push to open slides (Accuride).
Finished with Becker Acroma a/c lacquer.
I had another reason for making the drawer fronts curved, which was I just wanted to see how difficult it was to do. The drawer fronts are a cold laminate in a male and female form and came out nearly all the same. Sanding into the curves was looking like a daunting task, after nearly ruining the drawer fronts with a belt sander I made an ‘orthopedic shoe’ out of polystyrene (cut on the bandsaw) for my Makita 1/2 sheet sander. I didn’t know if this was going to do the job – thought I’d try it anyway, more than happy with the results. Getting the paper clamped tight held the polystyrene block in place, dust collection wasn’t great but not too bad either. If I ever have any more sanding into curves, I’d do the same thing again.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 07:38 PM

Absolutely great! The curving part makes ll the difference!
Congratulations !

-- Valentin

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 02:01 AM

This turned out great. I like the look and placement of the drawers.

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 02:51 AM

Can’t buy that IKEA.. Beautiful.

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