Woodworking for the Blind
Ladder Desk Angle View
Ladder Desk Cross Brace
Ladder Desk Desktop Pattern
Chest With One Drawer Open
Front View of Chest
Side View of Chest
Walnut bench photo 1
Side view of bench
Close up of rose
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Empty Computer Desk
Desk with Computer Equipment in place
My latest effort is a computer desk. It is made of red oak faced plywood with red oak edging, not the iron on stuff but glued on strips of real wood. It is made similar to a regular office desk. The top is 56 inches wide by 26 inches deep and is 27 and a quarter inches high. The left hand base has 4 drawers and is 21 inches wide. The right hand base also has 4 drawers but is only 8 and 3 quarter inches wide. The knee hole is 25 and 3 quarter wide. The reason for the asymmetry is my computer equipment. The combination printer scanner sits on the left and the CPU tower sits on the right. The printer is much wider than the tower. The monitor and keyboard are between the printer and tower. The mouse and pad are in front of the tower. A shelf for holding the UPS, router, and cable modem is in the knee hole but far enough back to not be a knee cracker. The drawer fronts and pulls are stained golden oak and the top and facing are stained walnut for contrast. Sue is over the moon about how good it looks.
Tiger maple sugar chest
Sugar chest with the top open
This unit is a sugar chest and is called so because in the 1700's, in the south, it was used
to actually hold sugar and possibly other spices. It also has a drawer that held various tools
used to cut and grab the sugar cane. In addition, it has a sliding platform that was used
for writing entries in a sugar journal to keep track of how much was used, or for resting a
candle on it while getting the sugar.
In the north it was called a cellerous and was used for storing house hold wine. The drawer
held wine tools, as well as a journal. The slide out bread board, was used for a rest while
opening the wine.
It consists of a chest on top with a slide out bread board below it and below that is a
drawer. The whole unit is mounted on 4 legs. The top box has a hinged lid, and what is
referred to as an idiot stick. The idiot stick surves the purpose of wedging the top open
so it cannot fall down on a person's hands. The top box is dovetailed while the lower box
is mortised into the legs, forming an apron under the first box. The bread board is made as a normal
bread board and the drawer is dovetailed as any other box. The handles on the drawer were
salvaged from a desk built by my grandfather. Unfortunately My Grandfather's Desk
was destroyed in a flood and the hardware is all that survived.
The lid edges have crown molding on them and the apron has molding on it as well.
The finish is a brown dye that was put on at the beginning to bring out the tiger maple
figure. Next, it was sanded and planed down. After it was prepared I dyed it with
golden maple. AT that time I had gotten sick and a friend took it and sprayed it for me
with a clear coat finish, as well as mounted the hardware.
The dimensions are 22 wide x 13 deep x 10 tall legs are 28 inches long by 2 by 2 inches. I
tapered the legs on 4 sides. The taper starts about 1 inch
below the apron.
The top box and the bottom apron are all the same size.
Ash Night Table
My son's favorite sport growing up was baseball. He needed a night table for his apartment and I had a huge amount of ash wood in the shop. Since baseball bats are made from ash, it was a perfect choice.
Made entirely from ash except for the drawers, the table is 26 inches tall, the top is 18 inches square with a one inch overhang on all sides.
The top is three pieces of 8 quarter milled to 6 quarters. The edge treatment was done with a large cove bit on the top side and the underneath was done with a raised panel bit just to slope the sharp edge inward.
The aprons are 4 by 12 inches. They are joined to the legs using Festool dominos. There are 2 per end of each apron, totaling 16 in all. The legs are 8 quarter ash tapering to 1 and a quarter on all 4 sides. The open drawer in the picture is of 3/8 Baltic birch, and the drawer bottom is quarter inch. The drawer front is a half inch thick, 11 inches wide and 3 and a half inches tall. The drawer box is 10 inches wide by 13 inches long by 3 inches deep. The top is mounted to the aprons using Woodcraft Item #27N10
It is finished with 4 coats of General Finishes Arm R Seal.
Older Writing Desk
TV Cabinet Doors Open
TV Cabinet Inside
Teddy Bear Table
Ultimate Toy Box Front
Toy box side view
The toy box is 36 inches wide X 24inches deep and 24 inches tall without the hutch on top.
This project is made of solid Cherry except for the bottom which is half
inch Birch Plywood. The drawer fronts and the panel for the raised panel
door in the hutch are made of Walnut.
When I was designing this in my head I knew I wanted to use simple dado and
rabbit construction. I had not used many of these types of joints in the
past and wanted to improve my skills with them. I also wanted it to have
more of a traditional look.
Like many of my projects there were many design changes and it kind of took
on a life of it's own.
I left many of the woods natural defects show if they were not too deep.
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