For several weeks I've been showing some pics of a reception desk that's been in the works. Well, she's finally done and there are pictures to prove it. We installed it while the college was on Christmas break.
One of these days I will learn that everything I do takes 4-6 times longer than I planned. This desk showed me no exception to that rule. All in all, we had 23 sheets of rift-sawn red oak ply, 4 sheets of 5x12 duraflake, 500' of oak edge tape, 100 bf of 8/4 oak, 8 drawer stacks, 2 desks, 2 horizontal cabinets, and 9 tempered pieces of glass, and 4 large pieces of laminate. The foot print for the 2 units combined was 10' x 28'. Assembling them in my shop proved to be quite the challenge, and time consuming.
The other challenge, all sides were visible. This meant that high-grading material took some time. Also, the specs had "continuous wood grain" throughout. We weren't able to make it perfect using 8' material, but we found a happy median with careful material selection.
|The finished stack ready for finish|
|I clamped together 2 12' boards and cut the dados at the same time for good alignment.|
|I needed 2 passes to get the 1.5" finish width.|
|We were able to hide all the fasteners with plugs and applied panels.|
|Frame parts being sanded on a 5 x 12 work bench.|
Once we got everything back the finishers, 3 of us started to assemble the walls on site.
|The "inside" panel fits into the grove in the frame parts. The black spray paint keeps the 1/4" reveals nice and clean.|
|With the applied panels in place. You can't even see our seams in the frame.|
|1/4" frosted and tempered glass.|
|Both the substrate and tops are aligned with dominos, and pulled together with draw-bolts.|
|The black top goes right onto of the shown substrate to provide a solid 1.5" thick work-surface.|
|This too needs the black top, but you can see the room a bit better in this photo.|
There you have it! I didn't write much this week because the pictures tell a better story than I can. I cant seem to find a photo of the extra file cabinets and such, but if I do.....
If I missed something or you have a question, hit me up in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading.