Standing Desk

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Project by mikewhite posted 419 days ago 893 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a quickie project for my mother-in-law; she wanted a table/desk where she could do her painting. Requirements: inexpensive materials, roughly matches (or at least doesn’t aggressively clash) with the existing furniture in her family room.

I used 2×10’s from Home Depot along with some hardboard for the top and the shelf. Aside from screwing the top to the frame there are no metal fasteners.

This was my first attempt at drawboring mortises. I fashioned my own pegs out of red oak by driving blanks through a 3/8 hole in a piece of bar steel. All in all it went very well: the joints tightened up noticeable without any cracking or splintering of my project. The one issue I ran into was when I accidentally drove the tapered oak peg through the back side of one of my joints. Pine doesn’t stand up very well to oak!

As always, I struggled a little with the mitres on the top. I think my shooting board is still a bit off.

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#1 posted 419 days ago

Looks nice. Is it going to receive a drawer or remain open?

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#2 posted 419 days ago

Very nice table, looks great…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 418 days ago

Nice pleasing lines and proportions.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 416 days ago

How quick is “quickie” LOL! shaker influence. Nice lines. The cabinets and the desk show craftsmanship. This might even be spectacular in oak?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 416 days ago

It looks good and well made. Great design and joinery. I’m sure the MIL likes it. Great job!

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