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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.

Bar cabinet, drawer detail Bar cabinet, wine rack detail Bar cabinet, empty, doors opened