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Forum topic by willy1221 posted 05-10-2012 02:00 AM 907 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2012 02:00 AM

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im working on a desk for someone and im having major issues. The client wanted something cheap, so i suggested pine. i used biscuits to join the top boards and the rails. I have some red oak and maple turning squares that i can use for legs. And i dont want to use morise and tenons because i have a big job that i have to start on this weekend. Pictures are a little tough to see but Id really appreciate some suggestion. This desk also fits into a window sill so its against a wall, and i could just mount it to the wall. But im not sure what to do

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 03:25 AM

What advice are you looking for? Do you want design help, finishing help, general problem solving? I don’t know if you’ve given enough detail to base a good answer on.

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 11:58 AM

Generally I build the base first, top second. As a rule, the top is secured to the base so that the expansion and contractions do not split the wood top – 4 screws where 2-4 of them have slots for movement.

Other than that, not sure what you are asking.

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 12:04 PM

If you are looking for alternatives for a mortice & tenon for the legs you could look here
Fixing a desk to a wall seems a bit drastic to me.


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