Desk from Hell

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Project by johnstoneb posted 12-19-2012 06:38 PM 1720 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did you ever have a project that nothing went right on. This desk was one of those. I built one years ago for my kids from a plan out of Woodsmith. I stumbled on that issue of Woodsmith looking for something else and thought that would make a good present for my grandson. That is when the problems started. I couldn’t find the hardware locally had to order it, drilled holes ccording to the plan should have checked the coresponding pieces before drilling them, of course when I went to bolt them up they were off. When I finished it I used water based poly and expected the grain to raise. When this got finished you could get slivers off the raised grain. Had to take it apart and start sanding with 150 again to knock the grain down. The only thing that went right was making the drawers. The finger joints came out very well, the bottom fit the groove and they glued up square.
Some times simple builds are the hardest.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 06:47 PM

Very cool! Ages ago there was a similar desk I saw in a catalog (Damark?) which was intended to be mounted to a wall—- always regretted not saving the catalog.

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 06:54 PM

The results have made up for the problems

It is a great looking desk and very practicle.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 06:57 PM

Looks like a lot went right by the finished desk ,great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 07:57 PM

sometimes your the windshield sometimes your the bug, turned out great in the end.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 08:06 PM

All’s well that ends well, and your desk ended well. Great job!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 03:37 AM

Every dark cloud has a silver-lining!
You learned from this project, weather you realized it or not, your subconscious mind will stop you from repeating those mistakes when you went off course.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 01:53 PM

Looks great! For a couple of years now, I’ve been wanting to make that desk for some little ones in the family. If you’re making another one for the second generation, then the design must be pretty sound.

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