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One of my all time favorite woodworking projects so far in my short woodworking career is the birch computer desk that now occupies my home office.
Actually, the desk was among a three component set of plans that I got from Workbench Magazine (Volume 61 - No. 2, Issue 288, April 2005). I completed the desk in 2006 and got pulled off the project by orders from the "boss" to build some Shaker styled cabinets for our kitchen. I have not gotten back to finishing the other components of the set. Guess I'll do that when the kitchen cabinets are done.
There is still a lateral filing cabinet and printer stand to build in order to complete the office set. You can see from the photos that the desk turned out fairly well and if I'm lucky enough, the other two pieces will be at least as satisfying to me as the desk was.
this project, I got my first experience at mounting full extension drawer
slides and I'll have to admit, it wasn't the easiest thing to do for someone
who had not attempted this before. It may be a piece of cake for
those of you who have done this several times. In fact, it was easier
for me as well when mounting these slides in my lower kitchen cabinets.
The feel of the finished desk drawers (when pulling them out and pushing
them back in) is not as smooth as the ones that I mounted in the kitchen
cabinets. I paid a lot more attention to the clearances the second
time around than I did the first time I tried this.
as you know, this is how you learn and that is what this web site is all
about. We make the statement that 'Ol Dave's Woodshop is "Where woodworkers
are not all Pros" and after all, we sometimes need to illustrate that within
some of our projects!!
are a couple of other features that I like about the design of this computer
There were really no other outstanding challenges beyond getting good square cuts on everything. I enjoyed making this desk and am looking forward to finishing the other two pieces in the suite. I would be interested in any comments you viewers have about this project. You can e-mail me the comments or if you have a project of your own that you would want me to post to these pages.
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