Computer Desk

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Project by Chiseller posted 07-14-2008 01:24 AM 1971 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw a computer desk in FWW magazine. Liked it … but it was a little more complex than I wanted or wanted to tackle. So, I drew my own plans, changed the construction methods and the look to suit my personal needs and taste.

I was talking it up with a co-worker one day (who posts on this site) and mentioned that I had decided to build the project using clear white pine. “Clear white pine,” he says. “I have a bunch in my shop. Old stuff. Passed on to me from a friend who had it passed on to him. Must be more than 50 years old. If you’ll help me mill it up, you can have all you need.” What, are you kidding me. A chance to make sawdust with a friend and drive away with a pile of wood. I’m on it. “When can we start?”

I started with the pile of wood in the first photo in late March and brought the finished project in the house the first week in June. Rail and stile cabinet box with recessed panels. Drawer boxes finger jointed and then faces applied (the drawer pulls are shaped like surfboards). All aprons and stretchers are mortised and tenoned. All tenons cut on the table saw. All mortises cut by hand, the way I’ve always done it, with a CHISEL. Conditioned the wood with a 2# cut of shellac, fine sanded, applied a MinWax fruitwood stain, then finished up with a water based poly (3 coats on top). The bottom drawer holds my hanging files and is wide enough (27”) that they go left to right instead of front to back. The pull-out at the top is an extra writing/working surface and makes the desk top surface almost 1/2 again as big.

I still have some of that pile left over. My mind is spinning with the possibilities for the next project.

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#1 posted 07-14-2008 01:44 AM

Nice work Chiseller. You turned a stack of wood into an awesome looking desk. I’m sure your co-worker is pleased with your efforts. BTW, nice background. Only thing missing is a surfboard and a hammock.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 07-14-2008 01:56 AM

Very nice desk great build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 07-14-2008 02:14 AM

That’s a sharp looking desk.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#4 posted 07-14-2008 02:25 AM

FREE WOOD!!! Very nice desk.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 07-14-2008 04:54 AM

Very nice desk. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 07-14-2008 11:53 AM

Chisseler, after closer scrutiny of the photos, I have to ask “Dude, are those drawer pulls shaped like small surfboards?”

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#7 posted 07-14-2008 11:58 AM

You did a very nice job with both the design and construction, Good job

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#8 posted 07-14-2008 11:59 AM

Very nice desk, and personalized as well. Ya can’t beat that.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 07-14-2008 04:07 PM

Correction: after having read your posting AGAIN, I noticed you said they were surfboards. I really do need to get my eyes checked again. The desk still looks great.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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