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The next project I am going to make is a computer desk for the LOML, I have found an article about building one in a copy of Fine Woodworking. The size needs adjusting but the overall layout and construction will be the same.

I rang Thorogoods on Tuesday and asked about Cherry, sawn square edge 1" and 2" the price was higher than Atkins and Cripps but as their half the distance I decided to go to them anyway.

The yard is smaller than A&C and the staff on this visit where not as helpful :( First problem NO square edge, OK I say I'll take waney, then NO 2" so I am going to have to glue up stock for the legs never mind now to the good bits :lol:




Nice genteel drive home with the timber creaking next to me :oops: The pile on the bench is quite impressive, it should be at £250.
The workshop has been filled with the scream of my B&Q saw, followed by the buzz of the P/T and the result is

3 kits of parts for the panels that make up the cabinet of the desk roughly sized to allow them to stabilize before I start on it next week. I must finish the chairs that I an doing now I have the rest of the stainless bits, look here to see them. Of course the other thing I have made today is 3 of these

but then it does keep the wood burner ticking over nicely :lol:

Any one else starting on something over Easter, go on give us a look :wink: :roll: :wink:
 
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Hi Dave looks promising. I saw a very nice computer desk in FW a short while ago and I guess that yours is the same one.

I always shy away from cherry due to the price but £250 doesn't seem too bad for all that wood. Maybe I should try some as the pieces I have seen look lovely.

I am starting to make two bedside cabinets tomorrow out of Ash. Single drawer and frame-and-panel door. I'll post piccies as work progresses

Cheers

Tony

Happy Easter
 

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thomaskennedy":26f591bp said:
good luck with it...but £250 sheesh id buy a tool!!!
Tom,
You will learn that if you make things you can justify buying more tools :wink:
 

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Dave,

Mmmm, looking good already. :D Do we get step-by-step progress piccies? I like those. BTW, nice choice of car colour... :lol:

Cheers, Alf

P.S. I edited you picture placing a bit to cut out the scrolling across, hope that's okay.
 

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That's a great start Dave. I look forward to seeing how your desk progresses.

You may only have been able to get waney edged but from what I can see in the picture, it does not look as though there should have been too much waste and even not a lot of sapwood. With cherry such a hugely popular timber, it is hard to get really good wood these days. I'll be interested to hear what you think of yours when you have had a chance to work with it.
 

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OK one post lots of replys!

Tony, the desk is in July/August 2003

Trev, yes but it won't be big enough for this project :shock:

Alf, I will try and remember to take the camera out to the workshop, but if I don't se the contents of the chest then I'm not sure you should see the work in progress :wink: . As for the car you don't need to wash a silver car half the much as most other colours, more time for the workshop :twisted: :lol: :twisted: . Thanks for adjusting the pictures, I run at a high desktop res and did not need to scroll but I know what a pain it can be 8)

Chris, there is more sap wood than I would like on some boards. I am placing that in the inside/back of the desk to minimise waste. I have use a small amount of cherry before, this is much nicer :D I am not sure how my cheap mortise machine will cope with it :?
 

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Interestingly, (or Not) on the Fine Woodworking website there is an extra article on Cherry, following on from their article in the current issue. It explains in detail about how it is grown, and why there seems to be a shortage of good quality cherry, as well as how to finish it, etc......

http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/pages/w00156.asp

Hope this is of some use,
Philly :lol:

Happy Easter by the way!
 
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OK I tried and failed :cry:

How do I get my images to display here? I have uploaded them to an ftp folder but my links didn't work. I used the format


<img src="http://www.xyz.com/Rough_Stock.jpg" border="0" />

but it won't display images.

Any help appreciated as always

Cheers

Tony
 

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Tony,

You need to make sure that you ca access the image files using http as well as the ftp that you used to upload them.

I have not used the border=0 when I post pictures and you don't need the quotes around the path/filename. One useful thing is that the pictures should display when you do a preview of your post, this will let you see if you have got it right before you go public :D

This is the path/filename for my picture of the cherry in the car

http://www.dave.laker.btinternet.co.uk/ ... n2208s.jpg it will display if you click on it :p

Try cutting and pasting it with the img tags ether side of it and them previewing, if that works then substitute the path/filename for your picture. If that fails then it cannot be reached by the webserver :cry:
Try posting to the gallery, that will suck it off you local harddisk.

Hope at least some of that made sense :wink:
 
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Hi Dave

As promised some pictures of my progress with the two bedside cabinets. Sides are in ash veneered MDF and rest of construction is ash boards.

Here is most of the stock at start




I rough cut it and then planed it






And this is where it was last night, all planed and ready to start some serious woodwork




Just need to cut it and make joints + door panels now!

Cheers

Tony
 
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Did a bit more today

Sized thicknessed stock and glued up the cabinet tops








How are yours coming along Dave?

Cheers

Tony
 

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one question, 'cos ive never had to do this, how did you cut the ends off the original pieces of wood? you couldn't do it on the table saw cos it aint straight plz tell me how you did it!!

Tom
 

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Tony,

Glad you got the posting of pictures sorted :D

You have made good progress with your ash. My cherry has not been touched since the last picture, apart from stacking it off the bench. All of the workshop time since then has been used on applying the finish and re-assembly of the chairs. I have never been very keen on doing the finishing on things I have made in the past but now I have found out about oiling instead of varnishing I don't find it such a chore :lol:
Progress on the chairs:
2 fully finished (3 coats) and assembled :lol:
2 fully finished (3 coats) and waiting final re-assembly :D
2 with 1 coat of finish :)
1 sub-assembled but no finish :(
1 kit of parts :oops:

We had the grandchildren over at the weekend, great fun, but I am glad they go home at the end of the day, we both have trouble keeping up :roll:

You are obviously into the japanese saws, something I have never tried, I must get to show and have a go on one of the stands.
 

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Tom,

If you looking at Tony's last picture thats 3 bits of timber glued together side by side, they where cut while separate. In fact you look at an earlier picture you can see one being cut with a japanese hand saw. :D
 
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thomaskennedy":1j77jtgj said:
one question, 'cos ive never had to do this, how did you cut the ends off the original pieces of wood? you couldn't do it on the table saw cos it aint straight plz tell me how you did it!!

Tom
Not really sure what yopu are asking Thomas.

I cut the long boards down to size by hand using my Japanese saw on the crosscut teeth. I like to use hand tools where I can. I ran one edge of these precut boards over the planer and then ran this edge against the tablesaw fence to dimension. I find that my TS gives as good a finish as the plane rand so I ripped 'em to exact size

Cheers

Tony
 
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Good to hear the chairs are coming along, I've been following the progress and they look great

Looking forward to seeing the 'diary' of the desk when you get on to it.

I am thinking of setting up a web site and display my work with loads of photos to inspre others to play too. I also hope to publish the plans for the bedside cabinets some time soon.
 

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Tony":17oxd8x1 said:
I am thinking of setting up a web site and display my work with loads of photos to inspre others to play too.
Thats a good idea, I have dabbled a bit but I always run out of time :roll:

I love what Chris is doing here but I need to brush up on my web skills :cry:

I will be posting pictures of the finished chairs soon, this is advanced warning, I don't want the blame for them being added to the 'to make list' again :lol:
 
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