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Scootles

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02-27-2013 08:36 AM

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I’m looking to build this desk. I had it in the past, but an ex with a vengeance made quick work of it. I want to build it out of solid wood. Problem is, that I don’t know how I would fasten the legs AND have them be removable. When I had the desk, it was made out of MDF and it had those little Metal pegs that you place in the hole and tighten into the piece the slid into. As much as I hate MDF, they held the desk together EXTREMELY well while allowing me to remove them. Now I want to build this desk, and keep it movable because I foresee myself moving at least once in the next 2 years.

So, what do you guys think?


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Purrmaster

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 08:45 AM

You could try pocket hole screws. As long as you don’t put glue on the joint you can simply put your drill in reverse and take out the pocket screws. Drive them back in when you’ve moved.

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 03:58 PM

You could use the same type of fastner system the MDF desk used. Locally my big box stores carries all the standard hardware. It’s just a matter of careful design and execution. You have to get the right size holes in the right location and then it will work fine.

Have fun!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 04:02 PM

I was thinking along the same lines as Herb, could get away with the same fasteners if you can find them.

If you want to go with out mechanical fasteners, you could always try using sliding dovetails from the back that stop just shy of the front. ;-) But you’d probably want tapered for that length.

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 04:16 PM


Cam lock fasteners maybe?

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 06:09 PM

The KD fasteners are fascinating and challenging and rewarding. No question about that.

An alternative to ponder is to feature, rather than hide, the fasteners. Think of ways they could become a design detail.

Alternatively, everything could be aligned with dowels and fastened inside with angle brackets.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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DKV

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 06:20 PM

Scoo, the reason you want removable legs is so you can hide it from the next ex?

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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Scootles

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 06:23 PM

Partially lol.

I want them removable because I haven’t found a permanent home yet. I’m moving to Phoenix from New York in 2 weeks, and who knows what kind of moving around I’ll be doing out there. Someone suggested using these fasteners, and I think it may be my best option. What do you think?

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#8 posted 02-27-2013 06:25 PM

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#9 posted 02-27-2013 06:26 PM

Clint, I’m afraid that image makes no sense to me at all.

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DKV

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#10 posted 02-27-2013 06:34 PM

Scoo, to keep it cheap I would use dowels. Glue the dowels to the tabletop but not to the corresponding holes in the three legs. The dowel end that fits into the legs could be tapered for a tight fit. I would then drill and countersink a hole through the sides of the legs and into the dowels. I would cover the screw heads with plugs. I would do the same thing at the two connecting points on the three legs (panels).

If you don’t want to keep it cheap then you could use any of the above suggestions.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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#11 posted 02-27-2013 07:00 PM

Even though I am a fan of KD fittings, they are a bit more involved when you are manually cutting them as opposed to using CNC tooling.

Alternatively, you can use basic hardware like corner braces and mending plates. They can be mostly hidden up under the top and below the modesty panel.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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DKV

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#12 posted 02-27-2013 07:07 PM

DS, I really hate modesty panels…especially when I’m wearing shorts and want to show off my legs…

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#13 posted 02-27-2013 07:26 PM

”DS, I really hate modesty panels…especially when I’m wearing shorts and want to show off my legs…”

Whew! TMI TMI :-)

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MT_Stringer

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#14 posted 02-27-2013 07:33 PM

@Scootles – here is some pretty good advice that might help prevent another desk demise. :-)

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life - Jimmy Soul

Edit Note: Listen all the way through. :-)

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#15 posted 02-27-2013 07:41 PM

I vote for the pocket screws and maybe a few dowels to help line things up. Drill a few extra pockets just in case some of them don’t hold well the second time around. Of course I often over simplify things I am a great believer in the KISS theory.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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