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Gator

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551 days ago

I am starting to build a computer desk and I have been given specifics on its construction. It needs to be a solid top, with a shelf on the bottom right for the hard drive to sit on, and a drawer on the top left, and a slide out key board shelf in the center. I can muddle my way through most of it, however the drawer has me questioning myself. I have never built a single drawer on one side of a desk before. It needs to be approx. 4.5” high by 13” wide. I am not 100% sure how to build the frame for the drawer. The right side of the drawer support needs to be attached “somehow”, but I am stumped as to how to construct it. I plan on using metal slides. Any tips on building this would be greatly appreciated.
The desk will be constructed of oak, with mortise & tenon construction.

Thanks, in advance….

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.


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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 551 days ago

Check your glides for the clearance needed…prolly 1 inch or maybe 1 1/16. That will help you determine the width of the drawer and possibly where you need to mount the side.
Might have to make one out of pine to practice. Can’t hurt.
Good luck.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 551 days ago

It is building the side that suspends from the inside that I am not sure how to build / attach to the rest of the frame. I am good with using and installing slides, but have only done this on a full carcas box.

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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huff

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#3 posted 551 days ago

#1…..Desk top

#2…..Drawer box

#3…..Left side forDesk

#4…..Ride side(short side) for mounting drawer slide.

Gator,

What style desk are you building? Will you be making any kind of a face frame around the drawer, keyboard pull-out and storage area?

Sorry for the simple drawing, but are you referring to #4 in my drawing? I drew it with no face frame, just a short vertical (short side) which could be fastened to the underside of the desk top and your right hand slide could mount to that. I showed the drawer box with no drawer front, but one could be applied that would be wider then the drawer box to hide the slides from view. You could use the same principle if you are planning on doing a face frame type construction. (Also that short vertical side could be used for mounting the left side of the slides for the keyboard pull-out.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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EEngineer

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#4 posted 551 days ago

Last thing I built similar to this was my lathe stand. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the build. The drawers were suspended from the table top.

I routed slots just big enough for the drawer box and dividers (3/4” plywood) into the bottom of the table and just glued them. It has held up for almost 5 years now.

I would approach your project like this:

Dadoes into the desk top and side with a simple rabbet joint between the side and bottom of the drawer box frame. Simple but very strong.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Gator

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#5 posted 551 days ago

Thanks guys, I thought about putting a dado on the bottom side of the top but was worried about expansion. I think that is the route I wil go.
I will make a wide drawer front to cover the slides.

Thanks for the help.

I hope to post pics in a few weeks – I am traveling for work for the next 10 days, so no shop time for me.

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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EEngineer

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#6 posted 551 days ago

If you use plywood expansion will not be a problem. If you are going to use solid wood, I would use a dovetail instead of a straight dado cut and just glue the end. This will provide support but still allow the length of the board to expand and contract with changes in humidity. This may be a problem in your design since you can’t use a blind dado for the dovetail and it will come out on the front of desk.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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pmayer

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#7 posted 551 days ago

Hi Gator,

I would suggest not using a side out shelf for the keyboard. I think they are an outdated concept, initially intended for retrofitting keyboards to desks that sat too high for comfortable keyboard use. Instead, build the entire desk at a comfortable height for the keyboard.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Gator

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#8 posted 551 days ago

The desk is being built for a specific spot in the house where they have a small cove between two walls, so the desk has to be 24” x 43” to fit in the area. I originally designed the desk without the slide out, but his wife wants it changed to include a drawer, keyboard slide out, and the lower shelf for the tower.
This is the third phone call for a revision to the design, so I have stopped after cutting the leg blanks to rough dimensions. I am waiting until they sign off on the final design before I go any further. I plan on using the tilt / hinge front slides for the keyboard shelf so it will look like a regular apron when closed.
The original plan was for a solid wood top, but I have made two options for them, and the second is with a plywood top trimmed in oak. allowing me to hide the dado. This sure has turned into a lot of work..LOL

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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