Wife's desk

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Project by watermark posted 05-09-2013 08:54 PM 1681 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk I made for my wife a few years ago but just stumbled across the pics so I thought I would share. Real simple project made by gluing 2 sheets of 3/4 birch plywood together to get the thickness and a single piece in the back to keep it all together. About the same price as a desk from a big box store but a lot nicer and a heap more fun to put together. The filing cabinet rolls in and out or side to side to set up how ever you want.

I really surprised myself with the accuracy of the cuts on this using just a circular saw and 2×4 as a guide. It all matched up perfect. I masking taped all the cuts to prevent chipping. It was my first time working with “birch” plywood from the great big orange store and after sorting through countless sheets to find suitable material I couldn’t believe how thin the birch layer actually was when I started working with it.

Dowel joints secure the top.

Finish was just brush on poly with many thin coats and delicate sanding between trying not to sand through the paper thin birch.

Dimensions are 29”H 58”W 24”D

Thanks for looking I know this is far from fine woodworking or inspirational piece but I hope by sharing I might save someone else from a dreaded trip to a big box store.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#1 posted 05-09-2013 09:10 PM

Pretty slick… Looks good and love the speedy construction method, although I am curious if you considered adding a veneer to conceal the ply edges? Imagine this would do wonders… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 09:20 PM

Cool Desk.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 10:47 PM

well done…will last forever. luv the stripe grain on the top

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#4 posted 05-10-2013 08:26 AM

Thanks for looking guys.

Dan- I Agree it would be much cleaner with veneered edges and even mitered joints, but the ply layers was part of the look I was going for same goes for the over sized screw heads showing. I don’t know … industrial maybe? Thanks for the input.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#5 posted 05-10-2013 10:01 AM

Very cool

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

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 02:56 PM

Like it. It’s simple but well made. Love the top with stripes. This is way better than store bought ones. Great job!

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