Top Supports

After the desktop is assembled, two reshaped supports are added. These supports hold the drawer guides, and also keep the top and back from bowing.

cut the pieces. Each of the two top supports consists of a long center arm (D) and a support block (E), see Fig. 2. (Be sure to match the grain direction in the support block with the grain direction in the support arm.) Alter the pieces are cut to size, glue them together to form the two L-shaped supports.

cleats. The supports are mounted to the plywood top with four x V*" cleats (F), see Fig. 4. (While you're at it, cut two end cleats which are used to mount the whole desktop assembly to the legs.)

mount cleats. I mounted the cleats to the L-supports with No. 8 x 1W particle board screws. To do this, drill four V32"-dia. countersunk shank holes through two sides of the cleat, see Fig. 3. (Offset the holes so the screws won't run into each other, see Detail.)

screw cleats down. After the cleats are mounted to the support arms, screw and glue them to the underside of the top so the outside face of the support arm is llVi" from the end, see Fig. 4. Then screw and glue the two end cleats on each end of the desktop (so the leg assembly can be attached later).

Shop Tip. I mounted the end cleats V\¬ęC from the ends of the desktop so the legs could be drawn tight, with no chance for a gap, see Detail in Fig. 4.

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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