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Computer Desk

I'm always amazed at the number of requests we get for computer desk plans. Especially when you consider it's a piece of furniture that didn't exist 10 years ago.

As we began working on the design for this desk, we quickly found that two features were most important.

First, the desktop had to be large and flat — for holding the computer and all the manuals, papers, and assorted disks that seem to gather around computers.

Second, we wanted a way to mount the computer's keyboard at a comfortable typing height. If the desk is built at a typical height (29"), and the keyboard is simply placed on the desktop, it's too high. So, we designed the desk with a slide-out drawer for the keyboard. This puts the keyboard about 4" lower than the desktop.


I started by building the desktop. This is basically an L-shaped structure that includes the top itself which is joined to the back panel, see Fig. 1. (The views in Figs. 1, 4, and 5 show this assembly upside down. This whole assembly rests on the C-shaped legs, refer to Fig. 14.)

cut plywood. To begin, cut the top (A) and the back panel (B) from a 4x4 sheet of •yr plywood, see Fig. 1. The top is 24" wide and the back panel is 8W wide. Both pieces are cut to a length of 47!/2".

edging strips. After these pieces are cut, rip two pieces of 4/4 ('Vi«" thick) stock for the front and back edging strips (C). Both strips are IV2" wide and the same length as the panels, see Fig. 1.

tongue and grooves. The edging strips are held to the plywood pieces with tongue and groove joints. To make these joints, I started by cutting a V4"-wide groove in a test piece. (This is used to test fit the tongues as they're cut.)

Now, cut rabbets along both edges of both plywood panels (A and B) to create tongues that fit the test groove. After the tongues are cut on the plywood, matching grooves are cut on the inside face of each edging strip, see Fig. 1.

Shop Tip. Position the groove so the edge of the strip sticks up slightly (about '/«") above the plywood. After the strips are glued on, these edges can be planed perfectly flush with the plywood, see Shop Notes, page 23.

groove for back. After the grooves are cut on the inside face of each edging strip, also cut a groove centered on the bottom edge of the back edging strip to join it to the back panel (B).

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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