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    I took advanced wood shop and drafting in high school. I never had the intention of using it as a profession but I've always loved making things or of wood. For the past two decades that has mostly consisted of rough, outdoor stuff like fences, doghouses, shelving, etc.

    Now that I have a bit more money and a bigger garage than 20 years ago, I've stocked up on tools and other gadgets. The main plan is to build desks and bookcases for my study, however since I've never don't cabinetry I'm doing some smaller projects to work out the bugs.

    Over the past 3 weeks I've been building a child's desk. I did it without plans and it actually didn't turn out too bad. I need to work on joining edges together (just bought some Kreg clamps that should help in the future) and I've got a space between the frame and the side of the drawers that I should have covered but didn't. This is the first time I've made something with drawers. I also need to sand better and buy a planer (it's amazing how untrue even the nicer cut wood at Lowes can be). Still, the desk is actually pretty nice, functional, and strong. Here's some pics





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    Looks nice. Very impressive, Moliere.

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    Nice job! What kind of wood is it and how did you prep for finish?

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    Drawers are such a MPITA, but drawers made from real wood, and not MDF, always class up a piece of furniture. I'm impressed. Is that a solid piece on the side panel, or did you use a biscuit joiner to put planks together?
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    Also, I just checked and you have a Rockler in Houston. My dad always liked them. He'd sometimes go there when he had business in Minneapolis and then use Delta Dash to mail stuff back to himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    Drawers are such a MPITA, but drawers made from real wood, and not MDF, always class up a piece of furniture. I'm impressed. Is that a solid piece on the side panel, or did you use a biscuit joiner to put planks together?
    I'd got to be several pieces joined together.

    Looks great EJ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    Nice job! What kind of wood is it and how did you prep for finish?
    Thanks. It's solid pine with the exception of the drawer frames, which are birch plywood.

    I actually don't like the stain used in it. MJ wanted to stain it and she said she had some maple colored stain, which I would have wanted. But I guess we were out so she used something much darker (I think it was espresso). I then put on a couple coats of a polyurethane finish to harden and protect it.

    But it's fine since it's my first one and really just a trial run so I could learn some stuff. It ended up being better than I imagined, meaning to useful as a desk and not too bad looking, so it's going in my oldest sons room.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    Drawers are such a MPITA, but drawers made from real wood, and not MDF, always class up a piece of furniture. I'm impressed. Is that a solid piece on the side panel, or did you use a biscuit joiner to put planks together?
    The drawer frames are birch plywood. I couldn't find solid pine thin enough and wide enough so I just used plywood. A nail gun helped a ton and I couldn't imagine doing drawers without one. The hard part was installing the runners and getting them all lined up and level.

    The side panels are three solid pieces glued together. I don't like biscuits when gluing side grain (they frankly aren't needed, the glue is plenty strong). Biscuits would be more helpful for end grain joining.

    The top is four solid pine boards glued together, but I used a pocket hole jig and screwed them together after applying glue. The screws aren't needed for strength (the glue is strong enough) but it helps hold it together while the glue dries since I only have two long clamps and the top is 47 inches long.

    I also found out on this project that my miter saw (dewalt chop saw) is not perfectly square so I need to fix that.


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