|Project by Dinger||posted 04-22-2013 08:12 PM||1352 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
First of all, a big thank you to ChrisJ for SketchUp drawing that really inspired this project.
I’ve just completed the standing desk I’ve been slowly progressing on the last few months of Saturdays. The business has been picking up (finally!) so I’m not complaining! I’ve done some other smaller projects between this on and my last one that I have yet to post—coming soon. I was asked by my pastor…ok I was volunteered by another member…to make this standing desk to replace the desk he was using. He had a few reasons for specifying the standing nature of this desk. One of which was for health. We live in a pretty sedentary society and he can spend several hours sitting. He prefers the benefits of standing to curb some of those negative sedentary effects. Also, he was rearranging his small office to set up a seating area without a big desk between him and the members to avoid the “principal’s office” feel. He now would like a small matching coffee table to replace his current IKEA atrocity. I told him he may have to get in line behind my wife…
The desk is quartersawn white oak. It’s stained with General Finishes “Java” and top coat is 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. Love that stuff. It was one of those projects that I designed on-the-go…aka flew by the seat of my pants. I knew generally how I wanted it to look. After I got the main parts sized, I decided to throw in a small taper and call it “Shaker-inspired”! I used locking rabbet joints for the drawer joinery. Not thrilled with that technique and I feel I’ve almost mastered it on this project. I want to use dovetails in the future but I can’t bring myself to shell out the money for a jig so my other option is to learn hand cut. As a woodworker who enjoys the journey as much as the finished product I’d rather buy a nice dovetail saw anyway! I got the stock from a small sawmill operation. I had already bought his more choice boards for my last project and I ended up buying the the rest of his QSWO stock for about $0.75/bf lumber gloat That said it’s not the clearest or the most beautifully rayed I’ve ever seen. Either way, now I have enough QSWO to build the baby furniture….
I think I’m going to take some time doing some tool restores (another new found hobby) and do some smaller projects. Also, some much needed shop furniture. The big project this summer is going to be a Roubo-inspired workbench. The lack of solid work-holding is a huge frustration for me at the moment. Thanks for looking!
-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."