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Melamine Crafting Desk (Updated)

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Project by Duality240 posted 03-30-2013 05:05 AM 584 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Edit 4/3/13: My wife was so excited about her desk, I had to get the hutch done a.s.a.p. Still needs a little trim work, adding a light and a rack for ribbon, but other than that, this thing is DONE! Now, as long as I can keep her contained to that side of the room, we will have a long and healthy marriage :)
I just finished building this craft desk for my wife. For the last couple of years she has had to do all of her crafts on a cheap plastic folding table. Since everything wouldn’t fit on the table, she had a couple of rolling carts, an old coffee table, and several stackable plastic bins. My wife and I share this room (it’s where my computer is) and little by little, my side of the room got smaller. We couldn’t even open the door all the way. I finally decided to build her a custom craft table which would make us both happy. She gets to organize her space, I get to play around in my shop AND I no longer have to dodge the previously mentioned carts, tables and bins. That’s a win/win….WIN!

My wife came up with the idea of using fabric on the doors instead of the raised panel that I was going to make. She even suggested I go buy a brad/staple gun to attach the fabric to the doors since my first effort involving glue was a disaster. WHAT? Did my wife just go tell me to go buy a tool? Someone check the temperature in hell while I’m at HD!

I spent about three weekends putting this together and it is the first project I have built using the Kreg Pocket jig. That thing is a real time saver but, my joints weren’t as square/tight as I would have liked them. I guess I just need more practice.

As you can see in the last couple of pics, my wife wasted no time filling every square inch of this desk up. While this desk certainly freed up much needed floor space, it still isn’t as organized as I would like it to be. I’m going back to HD tomorrow to get some more melamine and add a hutch with adjustable shelving. I’ll add more pics when I get that done, hopefully by next weekend.

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb





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Vicki

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 03:06 PM

It’s a fantastic looking cabinet. Love the fabric doors and the knobs are cool. A lline from Jaws comes to mind…...........”we need a bigger boat!” I think you’re gonna need more than just a hutch. lol

So far for my crafter I’ve made 2 3’ wide tables, one with 6 drawers, and a 7’ tall cabinet. Next, I’ve been “requested” to add 3 shelves going up from the tables, kinda like a hutch. I suggested shelves in the beginning, but was told that wasn’t necessary. haha

I look forward to seeing more of your project

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Duality240

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 01:41 PM

Vicki,
After I got the hutch built, I suggested a center drawer and shelves on the right and left inside panels of the hutch. I was also told they wouldn’t be necessary. I see upgrades in my future!

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb

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Vicki

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 02:09 PM

I love it with the hutch! That really makes it so much nicer looking, even though it looked good to start with. Did you make your own dados or did the melemie come that way? You did a great job if you did it yourself. I might have to borrow your design.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#4 posted 04-05-2013 12:08 PM

I made all the dados myself, I have a stack dado set that I picked up at Lowe’s several years ago for about $80. This is the most use it has ever gotten and the first time I have gotten to use it on my new table saw. I can’t believe how well it cut. Absolutely no chip out whatsoever and the bottoms are dead flat. Which is good, since I’m terrible with a chisel :)

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb

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