Computer desk

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Project by Gator posted 02-28-2013 04:59 AM 2798 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Customer wanted a specific size desk to fit in a part of their house with a void in the wall. She wanted oak to match the rest of her furniture and hardwood floors. This is all pocket hole joints, as cost was a factor so mortis and tenon were out. Red Oak, with red oak stain, and 4 coats of semi gloss poly on top. The front drawer has flip down front hinges, as she wanted a hidden keyboard drawer. Can’t say I am overly impressed with the hinges, but they are the only ones I could find.

All in all, she loved it so it was a successful build.

And of course, now the LOML has requested one as well.. “only funky”.. whatever that will bring, but she is insisting on helping me design it and pick out the wood.. this should be an experience…..LOL

Comments and critics always welcomed, as I learn a little more each day.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 07:39 AM

pretty neat job, i have a desk on my list, niece wants a tilting desktop for her drawing, shes currently 16, and wants it for college, so i have another year before i have to start worrying

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 01:51 PM

Well done, very nice!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Don Tikander

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 01:53 PM

Beautiful!! What are the dimensions?

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 05:29 PM

Good work Gator. It’ll probably last a 1,000 years, even with the pocket screw construction.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 06:02 PM

Thanks guys..

The desk is 24” deep by 45” wide, and 30” tall. It is going into a narrow opening on a wall so it could not be any bigger.
Forgot to mention this, however she wanted a hole in the top to run the computer cables through, so I found a plug designed for this from Lee Valley made from Oak. Fits into a 1.75” hole, so it is stained to match and it gets rid of the plastic piece on top as well. You can see it in pics # 3 & 4 if you look near the rear just right of center.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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Michael Wilson

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 09:13 PM

Nicely done. That’s a heck of a desk. I’ve really got to start working with pocket hole joints.

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 11:42 PM

Great looking computer desk! I’m sure she’ll love it!

When I saw the first photo, with the description, I thought, hey if this guy wants to use his tablesaw as a computer desk, go for it—I’d rather cut wood with it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 03-01-2013 05:43 AM

I actually had my assembly table covered with a bunch of material for another project I am working on, so I am not sure if I need more shop space, or less projects …. I vote for more shop space… LOL


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 01:55 AM

Very nice Gator!! I made a computer desk for myself and for our granddaughter. Great learning projects. Yours is very attractive.


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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