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Last summer, my wife's office purchased a new laser printer/copier machine that was much larger than the one they were using.  The small table that supported the old printer was way too small for the new printer.  Realizing of course, that she could requisition or budget for a new printer stand, she thought that I might enjoy the opportunity to build one for her office.

She was right, this would help a recently retired woodworker from getting too bored.  Here is the result with the complete build process story to follow:

Actually, the first thing I had to do was to make a trip to my wife's office to take some measurements of the new printer.  I then came back to the shop and made some CAD drawings of the design I intended to use.

After the drawings were completed, I began looking around the shop to see if I had any material that could be used to make the stand.  I surprisingly found enough pieces of hard maple left over from when I built my workbench to supply all the components for the stand.  Some of the pieces would have to be planed down to a thickness that I could use but I decided that would be O.K.  It would keep my DeWalt 734 planer from getting rusty!

Leg pieces showng threaded inserts.
I planed down four pieces to 2" square and installed some 3/8" - 16 threaded inserts into one end of each of the pieces which were going to be used as corner legs of the stand.  These inserts would be used to attach some casters making the stand a portable unit.  You can see the newly inserted inserts in the picture on the left.

Mortise detail on leg pieces.
After the "legs" were fitted with the inserts, I cut them to the desired overall length and began laying out locations of the intended mortises that would fit to the upper, center and lower rails.  The completed leg pieces showing the mortises can be seen here in the photo on the right.

Upon completion of the mortises, I cut to size the rails that were to be used as supports between the legs at the top, center and bottom of the stand.  I milled them to 3/4" thickness and cut the overall widths and lengths to size allowing for the tenon lengths.  I opted to cut the tenons on my router table as opposed to using dado bits on the table saw.  You can see a few photos of this process below:

Using the router table to cut the tenons.
Cutting the tenons on the router table.
Finished tenons 
on top rails.
Top rails showing finished tenons.
Finished tenons on 
all the rails.
Finshed tenons an all rail components.

The next step was to cut 3/4" deep X 1/4" wide dados in the center and bottom rails to support the slats that were to be mounted in these rails forming shelves to hold paper, etc.  You can see these dados in the two photos below after the side assemblies were glued up.

One side after glue up.
One side after glue up.
Two sides after glue up.
Two sides after glue up.

Clamped up base of the printer stand.

When the side assemblies were dried, I added glue to the front and rear rails (top, center and bottom pieces) and clamped them in place.  When the mortises and tenons were laid out, I planned it so that there would be a 3/16" inset of the rails from the outer edges of the legs.  You can see all this detail in the photo of the clamped up unit in the photo on the right.

Top mounting detail.
After the lower stand assembly was dried and unclamped, I laid the top upside down on my workbench and cut corner mounting pieces to hold the top to the printer stand base.  I made these pieces from some scrap birch plywood and screwed them to both the legs and the stand top.  I'm not sure whether this was a good approach to mounting the top or not but after a few months at the office, it's still holding up without coming apart.  This can be seen in the photo on the left.
Completed stand minus shelves and no finish applied. The photo on the left shows the completed stand prior to mounting the shelf slats into the base. 
The finished stand prior to applying a beeswax, turpentine and boiled linseed oil mixture as a finish can be seen here on the right (This is the same finish that I used on my workbench).
Completed printer stand before finish coating.

Finished printer stand project.
All in all, I think the project turned out O.K. as seen here on the right.   I know I had fun building it and that it was appreciated by my wife's office personnel.  As I have said one other time before...... I'm happy, they're happy and Ol' Dave is, too!
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