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Desk v.1

Desk v.1 with laptop Desk v.1 corner view Desk v.1 detail cable groove Desk v.1 detail of leg and skirt Desk v.1 detail of corner

Build

Baltic birch desktop, walnut and maple skirt, walnut legs, Wipe-on Poly finish.

Design

I wanted to make a desk that was a little more refined than the usual boxy things I make. The legs are made from a 1.5" thick walnut plank that I planed, milled, and tapered into a lighter leg with heavily rounded edges.

What went wrong?

I had to add the round opening to the cable channel after the fact, when I realized I couldn't get bigger cable endings through. Also, I twisted off a couple of screws in the walnut and maple.

Desk v.2

Desk v.2 underside Desk v.2 with laptop Desk v.2 detail of leg Desk v.2 detail of skirt

Build

Baltic birch desktop, mahogany skirt, mahogany legs, Wipe-on Poly finish.

Design

I refined the design of desk v.1, doubling up the lag screws that attach the legs, centering the cable channel, and tapering the skirt from top to bottom. The legs are made from 0.75" mahogany that was ripped and book-matched, to help conceal the seams.

What went wrong?

Not much, surprisingly.

Desk v.2 detail of wire channel

Bar cabinet

Bar cabinet, doors closed Bar cabinet, doors opened

Build

Walnut plywood. Solid walnut doors and base. Danish oil and wax finish.

Design

This cabinet was inspired by the Design Within Reach Line Bar. The carcass is walnut plywood nosed with solid walnut, and the base is patterned after a design I used on other pieces. The half-blind dovetailed drawers have book-matched solid walnut faces, and use self-closing Blum slides. The doors are mounted with Blum 110 degree hinges. The lower cabinet shelves were designed to comfortably fit a Maraschino Luxardo bottle.

What went wrong?

I didn't have a planer when I made this, so the door pieces were tough to mill and make straight on the table saw. They look a bit warpy if you look down the front, from hand-planing to make them sit properly. Also, I allowed for the hinges when installing the drawers, but did not for the wine rack, and so I ended up having to saw several inches off the back of it after the fact.

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Marantz amplifier cabinet

Marantz cabinet, front Marantz cabinet, quarter view

Build

Walnut plywood. Solid walnut nose. Sprayed metal grill. Danish oil and wipe-on poly finish.

Design

This cabinet is an approximate replica of Marantz WC-10 case, which was an optional addition to the amplifier in the 1970s. The grill on this build is a thicker steel and a different shape than the original, and uses walnut ply instead of MDF as the original did. I built this out of leftover ply, which meant that I could also not wrap the grain as I might have liked. Nevertheless, it turned out handsomely.

What went wrong?

The cabinet is quite a tight fit, and I did not originally allow for lower chassis screws, which meant I needed to router channels to accommodate them after the fact. Also, I cut the grill opening a little too closely to the width of the steel I ordered, and so I needed to add little shims underneath the grill channel to hold it in snugly.

Marantz cabinet, top view Marantz cabinet, top quarter view Marantz cabinet, close up

Stereo cabinet

Stereo cabinet with equipment and records Stereo cabinet, front, empty

Build

Walnut plywood. Solid walnut nose and base. Danish oil and wipe-on poly finish.

Design

This cabinet was designed to fit a stereo amplifier and turntable on top, as well as a number of vinyl records below. The overall design and dimensions are an extension of the bookshelves and bar cabinet I made earlier. The rear of the cabinet has a hardwood grommet on the wiring porthole.

What went wrong?

The porthole is not my finest work, as the hoop did not quite fit the initial hole and the sanding was tricky. In some ways I would have liked to have made the amplifier shelf taller to accommodate a matching receiver.

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Speaker stands

Stereo cabinet, front, empty Stereo cabinet, front, porthole detail Stereo cabinet, corner detail

Build

Maple hardwood. Danish oil finish.

Design

These stands were inspired by a set that I saw via flickr, and made to fit my Paradigm speakers. I used lap joinery for the corners as an extension of the half-lap angled cuts for the upper platform.

What went wrong?

I originally thought they would hold the speaker in the opposite direction, which didn't work in testing. They fell over.

Stereo cabinet with equipment and records