Repost - with embedded pics *PIC*

Henry (Raleigh NC)
So my first Covid-19 driven project was suggested by my now full time 'work from home' wife - she needed a place to work. Our old card table has 3 legs that hold, but the 4th one is quite prone to collapse - unacceptable.

Alright!! - a real commission from a very important customer.

The material started as a stack of reclaimed mahogany baseboards/trim that a local Raleigh contractor that had done a law office tear-out. This is my second project made entirely from that material - all former baseboards (tired of being kicked around!).

The top is of course edge glued pieces, the legs are laminated to 'double thickness' and all the other parts are simple used as cut from these former baseboards.

Design - This had a few consistent features with past projects, as well as a few firsts:

- Overall size: we simply decided on the minimum necessary work space for a desk, and one that would eventually move to our office (post-Covid - should we ever enter that era). It's about 24" deep and about 40" wide (I forget the exact #s).

- Loose tenon joinery cut on my horizontal router table - getting better at that with each project. I still want a Domino, but with each project I get better at the horizontal router table work (angles, offsets, etc).
There is a dry fit pic, without the drawer.

- One first was the inclusion of a drawer. Many years ago I made a table with a crude drawer, but this was one we planned to live with for some time, so I wanted it to work well. It's just a 'pencil drawer', but should hold a few office essentials.

- A second 'first' was incorporating some carved elements. To say these are carved is to push the meaning of that term, but I decided to add a 'shaped element' to each of the stretchers. It's kind of a kind of a ying/yang inspired shape, but abstract. Oddly enough, I was happy with proportion and shape on almost the first draft, so I just drew it out on a piece of paper, transferred to a test piece, and then cut. No significant changes from the initial design - lots of sanding though.

- I wanted splayed legs for stability and aesthetics, but did not want to deal with compound angles at the skirt and stretchers, so on each side the front/back legs are parallel. Pictures may be distorting this, but trust me.

- Drawer runs on front-to back stretchers, with no hardware or runners, and the desk has a full side-to-side stretcher up front below the drawer for stability of the piece. Drawer is a simple box, with the face screwed to the box. Drawer box itself is a dovetailed box (another first!) - with a single large dovetail in each corner (no close up pic, sorry. It is functional Bill, not beautiful, even though we aren't going to store socks in there). The result was not perfectly flat drawer box, but not far off. Dovetail joinery was cut on the horizontal router table.
Admittedly I chickened out on a 'FULL Bill Tindall' case furniture piece construction (with hand cut dovetails), but will get there eventually. After all, I wanted to have my wife get to do work on this completed project before her office/workplace fully opened up again.

Spray finished outside today - Target coatings sanding sealer (yesterday), a bit of toner in diluted SealCoat to even the colors, then Target EM-6000 lacquer for the base and EM-8000 or 9000 (I forget) Conversion Varnish for the top (both gloss).

It's far from a perfect piece - looking carefully you can find some of the defects from reclaimed baseboards, and some of the 'self induced' defects (mostly on the finishing side, but I'm getting better!).

It will go into service tomorrow.

Thanks to Derek for the 'drawer design rule of thumb': not wider than it is deep (front to back; what is right term here? Drawer depth can mean height, as well a front to back depth, right?). I opted for almost square and we'll see how well it functions. Thanks to others for their design comments in my question a few weeks ago.


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