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Old December 1, 2010, 01:11 PM
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do you have any experience in carpentry/cabinet making?

you sir, are a god
Hi Socrates_Jonhnston, thanks for the comments - I have some fair experience with carpentry, but never with "furniture quality" carpentry. I've made decks, shelves, tables, and almost a dozen aquarium stands, but none of them were really meant to be visually attractive - more functional than anything. This desk, I do have concerns about the final visual appeal, hopefully everything will turn out all right - the staining process has really got me feeling nervous!!

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Hope you wont wright your building isntruction like IKEA XD Really sweet project! this is very interesting. I will follow this for sure!
Hahaha, you just made me think of going to the hardware store and telling them "Yes, I need exactly 93 screws of 1.5", and 29 screws of .5", also, I will need exactly 17 nuts." and getting home and being all like "Aaarrgghhh I need 94 screws!

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Your desk is nothing short of....hell, I'm speechless. It's just beautiful. I can't wait to watch this progress.
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Something like this deserves to be water cooled man!
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I will be assuming you will be using ASUS ARES cards for this build, which is a bit unfortunate as theres no FC-WB for them
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Like they said ^^, get this thing under water! But not the wood....it'll get soggy...
Thanks very much for the comments Neolithium_wpg, AmuseMe, Keltron, and Keywork. I am not sure on the video cards yet - the ASUS ARES cards were the nicest pre-made models available on the Google Sketchup Warehouse, as I was looking for the biggest cards I could find for modeling purposes.

As for water cooling... well, don't get me wrong, I suppose that -IS- the next step... we'll see ;)
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I was able to spend some time in the shop this weekend, and didn't get as much done as I would have liked to.

One of the main things holding me back right now is the fact that I have not selected the motherboard tray, and template for the motherboard input and outputs, as well as PCI slots. This prevents me from cutting the holes accurately in the back of both of the modules, which prevents me from assembling the actual modules.

I have some "spare" desktop chassis lying around, and will be working to find a solution to that soon.

In the meantime, I started working on the drawers for the right-hand module.

I first took them through the table saw again, trimming off the last 16th or two from some of the boards.



Then went to work sanding all of the pieces down with 150 grit. I will likely go up to a 180 grit before the final stain goes on. I clamped a straight-edge on to the table saw so that it was easier to sand with the grain (Thanks Mike)







Slowly, but surely, I went through all the pieces for the drawers, except for the faces. Yes, bad things happen when I don't have my sketchup drawings. I start drawing with markers.





Mike was doing some work in the shop at the same time as me that day, so there was quite the mess.





I put together my tools of the trade



And here are the gluing steps I went through







A few somewhat artistic clamp shots ;)







Everything looks pretty straight







Glued and clamped together the largest of the drawers, will likely put some hanging folders in there.









Then I screwed everything together with #8 1.5" screws, all holes pre-drilled and countersunk. Most of the holes will be covered by the actual drawer sliding mechanisms, but the exposed ones will get some wood putty.

It's funny being in someone else's wood shop - I couldn't find the countersink bit anywhere - I tried looking through all the drill bit boxes (There were several) and nothing, so I had been using a small bit, then switching to the big bit to countersink, and then switching to the screw bit to screw in the holes.

Mike walks in half-way through the holes and you could tell he was rather amused - he goes to the back of the shop, pulls out a box, pulls out a box from the box, and then a small medicine container out from the box in a box - "Geez, didn't I tell ya to just look around? Oh. Wait. I guess this one was sorta hard to find eh?".

At that point, he also points out that there are several drills in the shop - silly me. So one drill with the countersink bit, one drill with the screw bit. It's been very interesting working in a shop dedicated to this type of work - very, very different from working in the basement with just basic hand tools.



I haven't attached the faces of the drawers yet as I haven't determined how I would like to attach them. I would also like to attach the trim to the outer edges of the faces before attaching them to the drawers, since it'll be much easier to clamp all the faces together at once.



And that's it for todays update - a bit short, yes, a lot of pictures of clamps, sorry, I got carried away ;)

I'm spending some time in the shop tonight, so hopefully I'll have another update for all of you tomorrow or the day after!

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I love the progress so far, I can't wait to see this puppy together. Great work
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This. Is. Awesome.

Been thinking of doing this for years but never got around to it :(
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Have a face plate mounted to your drawers (same idea as the back). Then back-screw your drawer front onto that. That way you have no visible fastners.

Did you allow clearances for drawer glides? I believe you need a 1/2" ea. side, between the carcass and the drawer itself.

All in all, looking good. Seems like a decent little wood shop.

I'm a finishing carpenter, but I don't have the patience for big(er) projects when I build things for myself.


Like your design, well thought out. Would like to do something similiar one day.


Edit: No more pictures of sawdust i see enough every day
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Thanks Ash ;) I am seriously giddy with the anticipation of the completion, and I know very well, that I will be hard pressed to get it done even for Christmas ;)

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Been thinking of doing this for years but never got around to it :(
Thanks Cowboy :)

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Have a face plate mounted to your drawers (same idea as the back). Then back-screw your drawer front onto that. That way you have no visible fastners.

Did you allow clearances for drawer glides? I believe you need a 1/2" ea. side, between the carcass and the drawer itself.

All in all, looking good. Seems like a decent little wood shop.

I'm a finishing carpenter, but I don't have the patience for big(er) projects when I build things for myself.


Like your design, well thought out. Would like to do something similiar one day.


Edit: No more pictures of sawdust i see enough every day
Thanks for the suggestions aviduser! I am in no way a professional, or even experienced carpenter when it comes to furniture-quality woodworking, so any tips you have are always welcome.

I'll have you know that I have actually gone ahead and done just that with the drawers - made "back plates" on the front, but they were not full-height like the ones in the back. I have yet to fasten the faces, however.

As far as clearance for the drawer slides, I have given consideration for 1/2" on each side, however, to assure the best fit, I will be waiting until the drawers are complete, with the slides attached, before creating the first dado for the cabinet. The area with the computer in the right-hand module has some room for play, if I need to widen, or shrink the drawer area.

Haha, I guess not being able to spend as much time with power tools and wood, for me, a great big pile of sawdust is a rewarding sight! The result of a good hard day's work in the shop ;)
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Here's a quick, small update for those of you ~waiting in anticipation~ oooooohhh! ;) ;)

I finally got around to putting the second hole in the desk surface area (Since the desk is composed of two sheets of plywood, there are two holes needed, with the "top surface" needing a hole that is .5" larger all the way around, so the "bottom surface" supports the piece of glass which covers the gaming computer).

I took a few more detailed pictures compared to last time.

As with before, I started by cutting out a rough shape with the jigsaw. I was able to get within .5" comfortably of my marked lines. Sometimes if you rush the jigsaw, your cuts can get a little squirrely, so I was playing it safe. This is the top surface, so no screwing up here!!



I then took an extra dose of patience, and went in straight to the corners with the jigsaw. This is a step I did not take last time, and I made a mistake with the router because of this.









I then took the router and pressed the bit right into the corner, and clamped a straight-edge on behind it. This is how I set the distance from the bit to the straight-edge. I repeated the same for the other side.

All it took was a good solid pass from right-to-left and I had a very clean straight edge without having to go all the way into the corners, where mistakes can be made, since it is quite difficult to see where the actual router bit is when the tool is running.







Unclamp, reset router, reset clamps and straight edge, lather, rinse, and repeat:





This hole had a very small margin of error overall, and I am very pleased with the result. The jigsaw is an incredible versatile tool and can be very accurate, as long as you have patience. This one corner is the only one that will need a touch-up with a file and/or sandpaper, and you can see, it's only going to need less than a 16th of material removal!



And that's all I had time for in the shop that day ;) Enjoy some of my mess!





Until next time - I have some images in the queue, but I haven't quite gotten around to resizing them just yet ;)
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OH wow! Simply WOW! Speechless!
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This is going to be on very nice desk! Will you be going with a light, medium or dark stain?
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