I’d say where this computer station is from, but my client (a good friend) might read it. I won’t say how long I’ve been working on it — off & on, but we’ve had at least one change of Administrations since I started.
The cabinet work is pretty straight forward. It’s 13’6″ long and about 32″ high. Built low to the ground to give as much usable height as possible. It sits under a bank of windows. There are 9 drawers and 6 pull out shelves including a pull out keyboard tray with special drop front. Wood is Cherry solids & plys. Finish is a cherry wine stain from WD Lockwood under a Bartley’s Pennsylvania Cherry gel stain. Top coat is General Finishes Enduro Poly.
The cabinetry has been done for a while. It’s the top that is causing my night sweats. The picture above shows the Granite and Marble that has been cut to resemble a river flowing. (I didn’t do the stone.) My job now is to make a frame around the stone that fits snugly against all the curves. The frame is 8/4 cherry planed to 1-11/16″ thick. Did I mention it’s 163″ long and fits between two walls?
The pictures to follow show the process to make the pattern I’ll use to cut the inside of the frame. Click on images to get more info
Now, I don’t know if it’s real clear why I made two patterns. The first pattern is an exact replica of the stone. Because I use 1/2″ flush trim router bits, I have to reduce that first pattern by 1/2″ all around. Then I tack it onto the second pattern blank. The second pattern’s outside is the exact size of the desk top. I position the 1st pattern exactly where I want the stone to sit within the final cherry desk top (the frame). When I rout the 2nd pattern. the 1/2″ flush trim bit follows the first pattern as it cuts away waste on the 2nd pattern. the bit also removes 1/2″ more mdf from the 2nd pattern than the size of the first pattern. If I don’t reduce the 1st pattern by 1/2″, then the 2nd pattern will have a 1/2″ trough between it and the stone. Not a snug fit at all.
All clear now? (Like mud?)
Next time I’ll show the cherry frame work.