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Thanks for all the comments guys!
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How are you going to finish this project.
Pre-stain, stain, poly.
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You may want to stain and polyurethane your legs before they are attached
Trust me, I am. The desk is able to be disassembled, I'm just making sure it all fits right before I waste weeks finishing it only to find it doesn't fit properly.
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You plywood looks decent, cant tell too much from picture, but dont cheap out on it. Get at least 5 layers. More layers means less chances for any warping.
I actually misspoke, it's Poplar for the 2x3's and Pine for all the 2x8's and 2x10's.
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Are you gonna put a hardwood edging around the plywood. Would look great with a nice routered round edge.
See above.
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Everything looks cut nice. What type of glue did you use?
Thanks! I used Elmer's Wood Glue.

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Only thing I can knock you on is it looks like you used some cheap yellow pine 1x's .
They are cheap yes, but they aren't 1x's. I used only 2x's in this project. Even the table-top.
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Hardwood cost much more, and is harder to cut and shape, but man, it lasts forever.
True that, but the initial investment is a bit too steep for what I wanted/needed. In the future I may eventually remake the desk with furniture grade hardwood so I don't have to rip the pieces down to size, and I won't have to deal with the annoying routed edges.

Also a mini-update; legs cured overnight and most of the day. Trimmed them down to size and attached the top desk-groove.
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post #22 of 27
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Some more updates!

Finished ripping the 2x8's down to size.
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The aftermath of the table saw.
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Got 11/66 of the biscuit joints cut.
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22/66 and the first half glued!
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44/66 done. Waiting to be glued as I'm typing this.
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Lotsa' saw dust for such small cuts!
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I still have to glue the second half later tonight then get the last 22 biscuits cut sometime tomorrow. Hopefully dry-fitting/assembly will be done Wednesday at the latest!
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post #23 of 27
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Big update! Didn't have access to my computer for a few days, so here's some pictures!

Monday I got each half joined.
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Tuesday I joined both together.
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Thursday I attached the legs to the bottom of the desk.
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The L-brackets. 4 on each leg. It doesn't look like much, but that thing is sturdy.
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Saw to chamfer the edges.
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Clamp ready to cut!
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One side done!
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Now the other.
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Tada! One pre-stained desk. Haven't totally decided on a color yet. Thinking Red Mahogany though.
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I'll be doing lots of sanding, pre-staining, staining and thaning' the next couple days. I hope you guys enjoyed it so far! Updates soon-ish.
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Big-ish update! Got all the pieces sanded and half of them stained. Going to finish the other half today and hopefully start applying the poly!

I decided to go with Early American color from Early Minwax. Turned out a medium dark brown, which is what I was going for! I did use two coats though, as the pre-stain really lightened it up a lot!

The two sanders I used for the bulk of sanding. That belt sender was awesome for evening out the biscuit joins on the table top piece.
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Picture of the bottom of the table top curing and half of the two legs.
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Left leg.
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Right leg.
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Thanks for looking! More updates to follow. smile.gif
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Small update today. Got the both legs done with 2 coats all around and the the top side of the tabletop done! Two coats on the top and sides, one on the bottom.

Going to let it sit for overnight and then start putting the poly on! Can't wait, the end is almost here!

After one coat.
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After two coats!
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Another small update! I got one of the legs coated with poly three times on the underside. Flipped it an applied one coat thus far on the other side. Also put one layer on the other leg. Pictures to follow.

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Long time, no posts! Good news though. The desk is done! I finished putting all the coats of poly on and assembled it in the new room!

I'm still in the midst of building the monitor stand (that finger joint jig is obnoxious to build) but for all intents and purposes, it's done!

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I'll have another update in the next few days for the monitor arm. Hopefully.
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