Built a desk.....

Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: titleist1 On: Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:01 pm

Great work tj!! Nice to see non-plywood projects!!
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:04 pm

This cherry side board is one of my favorites, the wife wanted something rustic country like and the wood was headed to the boss' burn pile :) I love tung oil and wax, many coats of wax. That is 4 yrs old and about 10 shades darker...love it.
Hope we didn't high jack your thread IOF, looks like we have saw dust AND coal dust in our veins! :lol:
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:22 pm

michaelanthony wrote: Hope we didn't high jack your thread IOF, looks like we have saw dust AND coal dust in our veins! :lol:

No worries.

I'm not a wood worker so I chose the material I thought I could easily work with given my mediocre skill set with wood. Usually I suck at measuring and cutting; I do the measure 5 or 6 times and then cut 900 times then get pissed off because I've screwed it up so bad that I end up throwing the entire piece of work out. I did make a bunch of mistakes but they aren't really noticeable. Although I'm sure if some of you guys saw my desk in person you'd see all the flaws; there are many. Which is why I chose plywood, it was cheap and if I screwed it up because I knew that I would it wouldn't be a big loss. Either way, I'm proud of my handiwork especially considering it was the very first project I did. Maybe one day when I get better I can make another piece of furniture out of real wood. Hell, I can't even make dovetail joints and it's a real chore getting things to line up for me. I have to make sure all of my measurements are even and in increments I can easily figure out. You know like, 3'2" by 4'3 & 3/4". If I start throwing crazy numbers in there like 1/8s or 32nds or 16ths I get all kinds of screwed up and nothing lines up. Hell, I can't even figure out where 5/8 is on the tape measure. I have to count the tick marks, 'Ok, so this one is two marks past 3/4.' then I have to write it down otherwise I can't remember. I'm a complete idiot when it comes to math; took five years of it in four years of high school (which means I took two full math courses in one year) and failed every single one. But I did manage to make a spacer for the differential in my Neon with a tape measure and the machine shop that actually made the spacer was impressed because I was only 1/1000th of an inch off on my measurement having only used a tape. Meh...I'm rambling...
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: tjnamtiw On: Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:00 pm

michaelanthony wrote:This cherry side board is one of my favorites, the wife wanted something rustic country like and the wood was headed to the boss' burn pile :) I love tung oil and wax, many coats of wax. That is 4 yrs old and about 10 shades darker...love it.
Hope we didn't high jack your thread IOF, looks like we have saw dust AND coal dust in our veins! :lol:


That's beautiful, Mike! I love cherry too. I know what you mean about 'darker'. I built a clock out of cherry and it's way darker due to the UV light effects on cherry.
I built a grandfather's clock out of walnut and spent weeks doing nothing but sanding it with 3000 grit paper and oil. It's as smooth as glass.
This DID turn into a 'show me what ya got' thread. I guess it's my fault but we wood workers love WOOD!
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: tjnamtiw On: Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:06 pm

I'm On Fire wrote:
michaelanthony wrote: Hope we didn't high jack your thread IOF, looks like we have saw dust AND coal dust in our veins! :lol:

No worries.

I'm not a wood worker so I chose the material I thought I could easily work with given my mediocre skill set with wood. Usually I suck at measuring and cutting; I do the measure 5 or 6 times and then cut 900 times then get pissed off because I've screwed it up so bad that I end up throwing the entire piece of work out. I did make a bunch of mistakes but they aren't really noticeable. Although I'm sure if some of you guys saw my desk in person you'd see all the flaws; there are many. Which is why I chose plywood, it was cheap and if I screwed it up because I knew that I would it wouldn't be a big loss. Either way, I'm proud of my handiwork especially considering it was the very first project I did. Maybe one day when I get better I can make another piece of furniture out of real wood. Hell, I can't even make dovetail joints and it's a real chore getting things to line up for me. I have to make sure all of my measurements are even and in increments I can easily figure out. You know like, 3'2" by 4'3 & 3/4". If I start throwing crazy numbers in there like 1/8s or 32nds or 16ths I get all kinds of screwed up and nothing lines up. Hell, I can't even figure out where 5/8 is on the tape measure. I have to count the tick marks, 'Ok, so this one is two marks past 3/4.' then I have to write it down otherwise I can't remember. I'm a complete idiot when it comes to math; took five years of it in four years of high school (which means I took two full math courses in one year) and failed every single one. But I did manage to make a spacer for the differential in my Neon with a tape measure and the machine shop that actually made the spacer was impressed because I was only 1/1000th of an inch off on my measurement having only used a tape. Meh...I'm rambling...


For your very first project, that's darn amazing!!!! AND there's really nothing wrong with using plywood. Heck that's a step up from the laminate faced press board furniture you now pay a fortune for from China! I've made many a project out of plywood and either painted it or faced the edges with heat sensitive adhesive backed laminate. That's really the best way to go unless you're lucky to have a stash of real wood. I still have some 12' long oak boards that are 20 some inches wide! I hate to waste them on small projects so they sit and wait. :) Keep making chips and sawdust and you'll get better and better. Take pride in whatever you make. If you look hard enough, you'll find flaws in everything.

Oh, and I have a dovetail jig that is still sitting in its box after probably 20 years! I've never had the need or drive to screw with it. :) Not a necessary 'toy' in my book. A decent table saw (mine's a Ryobi BT3000 with a sliding miter saw bed) is a must have. Not sure they still make it.
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PostBy: Sting On: Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:27 pm

I scored a gorgeous old pump organ - I pulled off the top and its my new "hat tree" in my dwelling vestibule. The bottom is being converted into my new stand for my TV/ AVR / surround sound / DVR - all that stuff...
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:46 pm

A good carpenter can build an eisel a woodworker painted on! Nice exhibit guys! :)
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PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:26 am

I like looking at everyone's work. Makes me wish I could be that good one day. I did use 3/4" oak plywood and I'm hoping it lasts a long time; a lot longer than the 1/2" pressboard my last desk was made from.

I'm actually already planning my next project. A computer case though I'm not sure what I'm going to make it out of. I do like the look of oak; so I may just buy some oak wood and go from there.
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PostBy: NWBuilder On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:48 am

There is nothing wrong with using good quality veneer plywood in whatever species you want. Just make any face frames out of solid wood. The plywood is a very stable base to work off of and remains flat and true. I make all my cabinet cases out of plywood and they look great. I did 3 HUGE cabinets for my Church and did the top bottom and sides out of Oak plywood. I made the face frames, doors and trim work out of stock, they came out beautiful. Just my opinion. I have to agree for a bunch of coal burning goobers, there is a lot of very nice work being produced out there. I am working on this picture posting thing, may have to get a 13 year old into the mix!!
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:53 am

michaelanthony wrote:This cherry side board is one of my favorites, the wife wanted something rustic country like and the wood was headed to the boss' burn pile :) I love tung oil and wax, many coats of wax. That is 4 yrs old and about 10 shades darker...love it.
Hope we didn't high jack your thread IOF, looks like we have saw dust AND coal dust in our veins! :lol:


Beautiful Job Mike!!! I love Cherry as well, I got a lot of it off my own land. I have built 2 sets of kitchen cabinets, a bath vanity, an entertainment center, a side table for my stove, and most of the floors in my house all from that wood. I love Tung oil but have never waxed anything. What does the wax do for it and what if it needs touch up for a scratch or some such thing? With straight Tung oil it is just a matter of a quick sanding and a few more coats and a little time for everything to blend again.
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PostBy: NWBuilder On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:05 am

Ok I tried to download 3 pictures, let's see if this works.
Thanks for the Help Mike!!!!
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PostBy: michaelanthony On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:18 pm

[quote="I'm On Fire"]I like looking at everyone's work. Makes me wish I could be that good one day. I did use 3/4" oak plywood and I'm hoping it lasts a long time; a lot longer than the 1/2" pressboard my last desk was made from.

I'm actually already planning my next project. A computer case though I'm not sure what I'm going to make it out of. I do like the look of oak; so I may just buy some oak wood and go from there.[/quote]

IOF, you're closer than you think! My biggest problem is I rat on myself and will point out mistakes that are invisible to everyone else :lol: and I think we are all guilty of that. Computers get hot so get some ideas that are well vented, you can black out any openings with black fiberglass window screen material (like a speaker)
I don't like staining oak, if the moister content is too high it bleeds little shinny flecks that need to be wiped down until they stop.

The wife wanted a cabinet for the bathroom...survey said! X X X dart board case :)
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:26 pm

Beautiful work NW, are you doing this for a living?
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PostBy: tjnamtiw On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:51 pm

I'm On Fire wrote:I like looking at everyone's work. Makes me wish I could be that good one day. I did use 3/4" oak plywood and I'm hoping it lasts a long time; a lot longer than the 1/2" pressboard my last desk was made from.

I'm actually already planning my next project. A computer case though I'm not sure what I'm going to make it out of. I do like the look of oak; so I may just buy some oak wood and go from there.


Look around for specialty wood stores that sell by the board foot and then look for Ash (not coal!!). It has almost the same look as Oak and is cheaper and a lot easier to work with, especially if using a router.
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Re: Built a desk.....

PostBy: tjnamtiw On: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:55 pm

NWBuilder wrote:Ok I tried to download 3 pictures, let's see if this works.
Thanks for the Help Mike!!!!


Very nice work!!! I can't imagine how heavy that one piece is! Only one complaint > that shop is entirely too clean. :) Of course, when it's time to finish, you NEED a clean workshop.

Instead of tung oil, I've used something called Velvit oil. http://www.velvitproducts.com/details_velvitoil.html You let it penetrate, put more on, then wet sand with it as the medium. The slurry fills the pores and sets up. Do this with finer and finer grit papers and after a while you have 'GLASS'. The stuff really works!
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