|Forum topic by leeko||posted 03-17-2011 06:27 PM||2706 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-17-2011 06:27 PM
I’m new to the forum and new to woodworking in general – Hi!
I’m planning to build a desk for our office. It’ll be L-shaped, 7’x28” and 6’x28”, and mostly aromatic cedar with a poplar surround. I’ve attached a (crude) diagram of what I’m planning below.
I realize this probably isn’t the easiest project to get started with, but I’m looking forward to the challenge!
I do have a few questions before I start, though:
1. For the joint between the two halves of the tabletop, I’ve planned a herringbone pattern for a couple of reasons: a) I think it’ll look more interesting; b) I’m thinking expansion/contraction across the grain might be less of an issue compared with a 45 degree mitre joint; and c) I think it’ll probably be easier to get right compared with a long mitre joint. Does anyone see any flaws with this plan?
2. I’ve read that biscuit jointing the planks together is a good way to form the tabletop. I don’t currently have a jointer (handheld or tabletop), but I do have a router. I know router bits are available which essentially do a similar job to a biscuit cutter – is there any difficulty/problem with just using my router? Or is there a different/better/easier/cheaper way to join the planks together?
3. Lastly, if anyone has any links to good guides/walkthroughs on making tables, I’d love to see them! I’ve done a fair bit of reading so far, but you can never be too prepared!
Thanks in advance,