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  Building David's Desk by Ted Shuck  1 of 3  

I started building a desk for my son, David, just after Christmas in 2005.

I bought the rough-sawn cherry wood from Collector’s Specialty Woods in southern Colorado, as well as the hackberry wood that is used for the drawers.  All of the work on this desk was done with hand tools.  No power tools were used.

Here is David with the desk in his room. We put protective glass top on the desk.

The next picture is of some of the rough-sawn lumber in my workshop.  This wood is 4/4 thickness and was used for the top, panels, and drawer fronts.  The next shot is of some of the lumber used for the legs of the desk.  It is being cut to length with a crosscut saw (Disston #12.  It will then be cut to width with a rip saw to form the basic leg.


After cutting the legs to rough size, they were planed to square at the top and inside tapers toward the bottom.


The legs were made to join to the desk with “triple miter” joints.  This joint uses a mortise and tenon with a mitered fit of the frame of the desk into the leg.  Here I am cutting the mitered joint for the lower part of the desk frame.  The frame has tenons that are mortised into the legs.  Here I am chopping the mortise into one of the lower miters of a leg. 


You can see the completed mortises and mitered joints of the lower joint.  The top of the leg is mitered and I have just started chopping the mortise into the top of the leg.  The top of the desk is composed of three panels.  These panels float in the frame of the top.  I used my best smoothing planes to get the best finish possible on the top panels.  Here is one of the top panels being planed flat and smooth.


The previous photo is of one of the side panels.  The central panel is larger and composed of two pieces of wood glued into a wide panel with grain matching at the joint.  A tongue was planed onto the edge of each panel and a frame was built to hold the panels. 

This frame has a groove around the inside edge to mate with the panel tongues.  There are floating tenons at the corners of the frame and the center dividers of the frame are attached to the long rails with mortise and tenon joints.  Here are a couple of pictures of the frame and panels of the top being glued together.


The bottom side of the top is up in these pictures.  The panels were finished with shellac before assembly to make sure that they would have finish all over to inhibit moisture transfer in the wood.

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