Originally Posted by chinesethunda;14870616
regardless its a nice color. I would imagine that color is probably the lesser of your problems lol. but the sealer is definitely a must lol
Yeah. It is, and it isn't. The finish is the first thing you notice about any piece of furniture. And really you only get one shot at it to make it right (with plywood anyway). So the finishing worries me most at this point (moreso than routering the groove for the plexiglass).
Anyways, yesterday I went to Home Depot again (I swear I live there). Picked up some pegboard, more screws, magnetic catches, and a few more corner braces.
On to photos.
Gluing the bottom shelf in place:
Also screwed more corner braces to the bottom of the mobo tray:
More bracing for the lower shelf:
Gluing in the bottom piece of the face frame:
So I decided instead of having a stationary 2nd shelf, I'd much rather have it adjustable. Hence the pegboard I bought. Going to use that as a template for holes. Also picked up some shelf peg thingy mabobs.
Because of that, I had to shave off a very thin splice off of the 2nd shelf so it could easily be moved around. The length I had it cut to was just tight enough for it to be stationary (and I mean it was a TIGHT fit).
This is why I love the table saw so much:
Starting to assemble the right cabinet that will hold the three drawers:
After assembling the three pieces, I realized I had a huge structural flaw in the design. There is no front piece to brace the other three sides, so I had to come up with a solution. I figured I could do this:
Now you may be saying to yourself, 'holy over engineered batman.' However I'd much rather have it over-built and strong enough that an elephant could tap dance on it, then have it weak and wobbly like some particle board piece of crap you'd find at Walmart or Ikea. I plan to have this desk for AT LEAST 10 years, so I want to build it to last.
In the 2nd last picture you can see an empty box of screws. That's the 2nd box I've gone through so far (200 screws lol). Have to run to Home Depot again tomorrow for more corner braces and screws.
Almost done with cabinet construction. Probably start sanding/staining this weekend, or shortly after. I also have the bear task of getting all the drawer rails in the correct spot. And something is telling me the drawers are like 1/8" too wide. So I may need to jerry rig some dado cuts with the router. Not looking forward to that at all.