serpentine bow front desk #4: general construction is done

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 07-22-2009 08:15 PM 1648 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well the general construction of the desk is done so i figured id share some pictures. a lot of pictures today.

first i want to address the drawer frames though. in my case the drawer frames are pretty simple. they are just a frame and panel construction out of pine with pegged tongue and groove. the groove is pegged with a little cut nail in this case but something that works really well are brad nails as well as a tooth pick. they just work really nice. then it is shaped to fit the front and glued to the front. later they will then be screwed to the back. this allows me to make sure they are flush with the drawer opening but also have room to adjust to fit the drawer in the back. simple but it makes fitting your drawers very easy.

next is the top. i took it out of the clamps and then hand planes the joint flush. the joint is perfectly tight and the wood for the top is absolutely breathtaking!!!!! you cant see it on camera but it is simply amazing. and this is where having sharp tools comes in handy. you can never really appreciate and handplane until the blade is sharp. just how it is.

now i cut the top to final width and profiled the front. it was simple just cutting it on the bandsaw and finishing it with the disc sander. but now that i think of it if i do another one i will attach the front and use a flush trim bit with a large bearing so it will follow the curve much better and be much easier. but for my first time it came out good enough. (fyi… the picture below is still rough… the picture after that is smoothed)

alright so here is a full picture of the desk!!! the drawers are only fit so far and are not made yet. tomorrow i will do a full blog on hand cutting the dovetails in the curved material. difficult but do able. then i will do a blog on the finishing and it will be all done!!!

and the desk is already getting some use for designing my next project!!!

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#1 posted 07-22-2009 08:20 PM

fantastic! beautiful execution.

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 08:33 PM

Beautiful Desk, Denis.

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#3 posted 07-22-2009 09:27 PM


Your skills are advancing quickly!

Very nice job.


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#4 posted 07-22-2009 09:37 PM

Some of us older guys are taken a-back by your skills at such a young age. Beautiful work. You have a keen attention to detail and have a lot of patience. I’m looking forward to the finished piece.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 07-22-2009 09:44 PM

You totally ROCK!

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 12:53 AM


Very Cool! You absolutely amaze me with how far you have come.


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#7 posted 07-23-2009 01:10 AM

That’s a great looking project. Nice job on the construction. Looking forward to the completed piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 07-23-2009 01:13 AM

good job teenage

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#9 posted 07-23-2009 02:19 AM

Sweet. Cant wait to see it posted as a finished project

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#10 posted 07-23-2009 02:56 AM

incredible…I know it has been said sooo many (well deserving times) but your talent is amazing!!!

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#11 posted 07-23-2009 05:10 AM

Wow. Very well done.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#12 posted 07-23-2009 11:56 AM


Looks great. Keep up the good work. Rather rapid in your construction too. You’re certainly faster than most of the apprentices I’ve ever had.

Can’t wait for the finished project post.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#13 posted 07-23-2009 01:24 PM


Chuck – i thought i was going pretty slow on this one too. would have had it done a few days ago but you know how life gets in the way when your a kid a lot. a lot of spontaneous things come up… haha… should finish it today though

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#14 posted 07-25-2009 10:18 PM

That desk is beautiful and I bet someone in your family will try to talk you into giving it to them ;) Sounds to me this has been a pretty good summer so far! keep up the great work!!!

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