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Project by bandit571 posted 04-20-2013 08:58 PM 1255 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With a single coat of BLO, and a single coat of Poly Gloss Varnish. All wood used in this little desk was recycled barn wood. There is a store bought 1/4” plywood bottom to it, but all the rest is recycled Ash, and oak. Non moving part of the lid is QSWO from an old rafter. Screwed in place with counter-bored holes and screws. Maple plugs cover the screws. The divider on the inside is to keep supplies seperate from the papers. The square holes just came along for the ride, as they were existing. Dovetails in the front corners only, the back corners are tenon & dados. Maybe a week to build…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 10:46 PM

WELL DONE, Sir! Glad you used the recycled barn wood. I did three very silmilar as some of my first projects in 1959. I didn’t use dovetails to join the sides though. Did have the pencil/pen route on the top. In place of the screws and plugs have you ever used or experienced “Miller Dowels” with their speciality tapered and conterbored bit to attach parts such as the lid? I have just recently used some and like them a lot.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 11:29 PM

Great slant
Jamie

-- 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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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 11:40 PM

A very fine Vermont Desk…..
Utilizing “good ole Yankee thrift”!!!

Do you intend to send this to me, here IN VERMONT???
Otherwise it is a “Lost In Ohio: Vermont Desk”.....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 12:23 AM

Nice looking piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 12:51 AM

You made that old barn wood shine! Nice design and execution.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Sylvain

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 02:03 PM

I have yet no shop. But when I look to what you can achieve with yours, I understand I have no excuse not to start.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Sylvain

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#7 posted 04-21-2013 02:03 PM

I have no shop yet. But when I look to what you can achieve with yours, I understand I have no excuse not to start.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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bandit571

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#8 posted 04-22-2013 05:03 PM

Final coat is on

Side view,

Front view

And now for some sizes of this desk 19” wide, counting the top,14” deep, counting the top’s overhang, 4” tall at the back, and 3” tall in front. Wood is 3/4” thick.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 04-22-2013 05:06 PM

It’s a very nice piece and well done too.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 01:27 PM

Great looking piece, has so much character. Great recycle of the barn wood. Well done!

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