From the hand-cut dovetails to housing dadoes and the dovetailed housing dadoes with mechanical properties, the challenges are all the more rewarding. We know you will enjoy watching and then making this piece.
The three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle comes together in this episode, as Paul fixes the desk together and then carefully dismantles the joints and transports it into the house.
Shaping involves a few tricks of the trade that reduce the workload while ensuring a positive outcome. Throughout this episode, Paul gets an essential and enjoyable workout.
This episode contains a few trade tricks that will never be obvious when the desk is finished and in place.
Angles often lead us down complex paths, and some intriguing twists in this episode make the woodworking interesting. What’s wonderful is that hand tools make the very complex readily doable, and that’s what we have here.
The desk frames are all mortise and tenoned together, with infill slats and plywood panels closing in the open spaces. Fitting the slats involves shoulders being only an inch or so apart, so all of the shoulders must be perfectly aligned.
The excitement in starting the joinery elevates us to new heights every time, and this episode is no different. We have gone through the preparation phase and out come the layout tools to get the precision of shoulder lines.
In this first episode, Paul discusses the various reasons for prototyping, and he makes one for you to see where this takes you. Paul will be preparing this spalted beech along the way.
When considering desks, we often think inside the box without considering ninety-degree corners to our rooms and the space it might take away from us. Paul’s thought here is to present the option of a corner desk.
Paul wanted a simple approach so that whoever changes the mirror presentation simply pulls the mirror forward from the bottom of the mirror, and the stay-behind drops automatically into saw-tooth-type notches.