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Blog entry by tig posted 12-19-2007 06:56 PM 738 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Winter is here, which means the motorbikes have been winterized and garaged, and there is once again time for some woodworking. However, in order to do that, I have to move the motorbikes out of the garage every time I go to work. Small price to pay for having all the toys, though.

A few months back, my friend Jared picked up a LOT of rough sawn 4/4 walnut for $1.50 / bf. I love walnut. I purchased a small amount from him, as I didn’t know what I was going to use it for; how much I would actually need; and where to store it.

I did know one thing, and that is that I sorely needed a desk in my house. My wife hates seeing a computer mess in the open, and I agree with her. I finally have a laptop now instead of a desktop system, and although it can go anywhere, as as professional software developer, I need a place where I can sit down and work that is a true workspace – not just a coffee table or dining table.

This project needs to be something that will fit in with our decor and not become a mess of tangled wires and clutter; minimalist is key. I’ve had something in mind and finally fired up SketchUp and got to work. Here is the result:




Once I finish up my router table insert for my table saw, I plan on using my new lock mitre bit to construct the desk, which I think will make for easier assembly than simply mitering all the edges and using biscuits.

The big holdup for me was the legs. I’m not a metal fabricator, and pricing around, it was going to be expensive. IKEA to the rescue! Total cost of legs $80, and couldn’t be any more perfect if I wanted it to be.


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#1 posted 12-19-2007 08:03 PM

Nice, clean design. What construction method will you
use for the top? I’m guessing torsion-box?

-- Still learning everything

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#2 posted 12-19-2007 08:27 PM

Yes, essentially. The span with the drawer will be about 3’, unsupported, so I’m hoping that it will be ok.


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