Red Oak Computer Desk

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Project by AnthonyRH posted 07-18-2013 07:54 AM 1956 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a relatively compact computer desk with two filing drawers that I made to optimize the functionality of the small space that I had available for my “home office.” I designed the desk using SketchUp. To allow the computer to breathe, I allowed 2” of space on all sides, drilled a 3” diameter hole in the back of it’s cabinet, and leave the door open when in use (so far I have not had any issue with heat).

The majority of the construction is 5 core oak veneer plywood, with the drawer faces, face frame, and 2 inch banding around the top of solid 3/4 red oak. The backing is made of 1/4” oak veneer, with three 4” wide plywood stretchers for strength and rigidity. The three drawers are all on full extension, soft close drawer slides, and the hardware is off the shelf rubbed bronze from Lowes. My favorite part of the whole project are the 1/2” walnut plugs evenly spaced around the perimeter of the desk top itself. I made these myself from some old walnut boards that I received from my grandfather (along with a bunch of his old woodworking tools!).
The finish is a red mahogany oil based stain, with a high gloss water-based polyurethane finish. Most of the joinery is pocket screws with the Kreg system, the doors are 5 pieced raised panel doors with 1/2” round-over around the perimeter.

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 08:11 AM

Great looking desk…. More pics from different angles would help us enjoy your work more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 10:38 AM

Nice computer desk.

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 01:57 PM

Great looking desk! Like the design, very well made. The walnut plugs are nice accents. Great work!

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