Two Outer Drawers

There are two smaller drawers mounted on each side of the center drawer.

drawer fronts. To build the drawers, start by cutting two drawTer fronts (Q) to length so they're V» less than the distance between the center drawer and the outside legs (11V*). Then cut rabbets on the ends to accept the sides, see Fig. 20.

drawer backs. The drawer backs (R) are cut to length equal to the length of the front, less the thickness of the two sides <9*4").

grooves. Before assembling these drawers, cut a groove for the V* plywood bottom in all the pieces. At the same time, I cut a groove near the top of two of the drawer sides for a '/•" plywood mouse platform (U), see Fig. 20. (When the keyboard is pulled out, it's nice to have the mouse pad next to it. So, we added a sliding platform for a cushioned mouse pad.)

bottom and mouse platform. Now cut the drawer bottoms (T) and the mouse platform (U) to fit between the grooves. (The platform is only 10" long so it can slide up or back as needed, see Fig. 20.)

assembly. To assemble these drawers, just drill the shank and pilot holes and drive in the screws.

trim sides. After the drawers are assembled, trim the back ends of all three drawer sides to length so when they contact the back of the desk, the drawer fronts are flush with the front of the desktop.

finish. To protect the surfaces from wear, I finished the desk with three coats of polyurethane varnish.

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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