JohnG

A Desk for My Wife

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Very nice. Are the drawers file size? Can't tell from the picture. Well planned and good idea to follow her specifications. Happy wife, happy life!

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Thanks for the replies!

No, the drawers are not file size. My wife figured that since I have (2) 24” depth file drawers on my desk, she doesn’t need any.  I keep all of our family stuff organized anyway, and she doesn’t need any filing space for her use, so we took out the file drawers from her desk design. There will be a top drawer  about 3” tall and a lower drawer about 6” tall. 

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Let’s see, it’s been a while since I posted an update. I’ve had a couple side projects come up that took my attention— a TWW kid’s kitchen step stool for our daughter, and a couple small gifts on the lathe. Then it got hot. Then I decided that I needed to rearrange a lot of the things in my shop (garage). I haven’t finished yet, so there’s always stuff in my way. 

I also found some mistakes, and then made some new mistakes. My shop time lately has been frustrating, so it has been more limited

Back to the desk-

I realized I hadn’t incorporated any sort of front rail, and the top drawers limit how tall it can be. I also had cut upper mortises into the insides of the front legs, which wasn’t needed. In order to cover this up a bit, I made a twin dovetail/tenon thing. It came out looking terrible, but should be strong enough with some epoxy to fill the gaps. It won’t be seen, anyway. 

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I have also finished the stiles go divide up the panels. I cut the tenons before cutting the grooves, which was a mistake looking back. It made cutting the grooves a bit sketchy, so I took the cuts slow and easy.

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It’s slowly coming together. I’ll use my new Domino to speed some parts of this up. 

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Coming along nicely John, glad to see you back at it and good job fixing those errors, life does get in the way sometimes. 

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Had some good time in the shop yesterday. I was able to cut and fit the outer panels. I also cut the tapers on the legs, rough cut on the bandsaw and then cleaned up with a hand plane. 

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I also cut the rails for the inner sides of the drawer boxes. 

The tongue of the panels are pretty tight in the groove of the frames, I think I will go back and shave them down a bit more.

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