Ash desk

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Project by woodNfish posted 159 days ago 701 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk I made from ash for my youngest son. The ash matched his other bedroom furniture when I made it, and it has a nice laminate top.

My plan was to make a separate 2 or 3-drawer cabinet that would hang on the back rails for file folders and desk supplies, but he wanted a rolling cart instead so I never made it. I decided on a hanging design so he could position the cabinet where ever he wanted it – left side, right side, middle, whatever.

The table is modular and made to break down so it can be stored flat and easily moved which was handy when he moved into his college dorm rooms and his apartments after college. You can see the cross dowels & bolts I used on the back rails to hold the desk together. I got them at Rockler: , and still have a few left. I used a few on my older boys desk as well. They are great for making knock-down furniture.

I used threaded inserts in the underside of the desk top to hold it to the trestles.

Anyway, the cabinet never got built, but I can build it, yes I can, because that is just the kind of woodworker I am! And that’s my story and I’m sticken’ to it. Thanks for looking.

-- woodNfish

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#1 posted 159 days ago

Simple and clean looking desk. Nice job : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#2 posted 159 days ago

Another fine project Paul, good build.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 159 days ago

nice desk and very practical
great idea to make it knock down
I’m thinking of doing the same with a desk I’m working on now

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 159 days ago

Nice looking, very clean looking.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 159 days ago

Thanks for your comments, guys.

Greg, to make certain everything lined up correctly when the desk i assembled, I used dowels on the back rails – two dowels per rail end, along with the cross bolts. I hope that helps with your design.

-- woodNfish

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#6 posted 159 days ago

It’s nicely done, handsome and clean, and a nice design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 158 days ago

Great table. Love how light and elegant it looks

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 156 days ago

Looks fantastic and perfect for dorm rooms and apartments, convenient to carry and store. Excellent work!

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