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Friday, December 17, 2010

Topping off the Desk

With the carcass, guts, and drawers completed it was time to move on the constructing the desk top.  In this episode, I show a few unique elements to this particular desk top.  I've always struggled with finding the best method for crosscutting wide glue-ups like this desk top, so I show one of the techniques that I think is effective, safe, and works for as big a cross cut as you are likely to encounter.  I may still invest in a track saw for this kind of operation in the future, but my jigsaw and router method sure costs a lot less than a new Festool TS!  And make sure to stay tuned for the next episode, where I will be applying string inlay to the top before applying the final finish.



9 comments:

Vic Hubbard said...

Looking very good, my friend!! I'm looking forward to the stringing vid.

Bruce S said...

Looking good Rob. Your wife is going to love this.

Jeff Branch said...

This is my first time to comment on your blog. Great looking table and in this episode, I not only am jealous of your walnut, but also the jig saw (and your jointer, thickness sander, on and on). Have you been pleased with the jig saw? Mine is very old and I don't use it much any more. Yours looks to make some pretty clean cuts.

David Harms said...

Looking good Rob. What size drum sander is that? do you find that it does well on large panels that have to be sanded on either edge? if so any tips on doing it? I have read mixed reviews about the results...

Rob Bois said...

Thanks for the comments guys, I appreciate it. As for the drum sander, that's a 16/32. While it takes some time, I have really dialed in the drum head so that it is maybe 1/100" or so higher on the outside of the drum. So running dual passes to get the full 32" width leaves no witness line. It took a good hour to dial it in using a test board, but I have it just about perfect now. I haven't run into a situation yet where I needed a wider drum sander (but never say never).

Drew said...

Great episode, Rob. Lots of good information there. Looking forward to the stringing episode. I really like the clean simplicity of this desk. It is going to be a stunner.

Rob Bois said...

Thanks Drew. I actually have to credit my wife for encouraging me to keep the design simple, clean, and elegant. She talked me down from some fairly complex inlay patterns and I'm glad she did. As you'll see when I publish the stringing episode, the "less is more" mantra really rings true on this piece.

wedding rings said...

Great buddy ! it look nice and clean cut.

Robert said...

Rob, that top looks amazing. Great job =D