Office Desk is F I N I S H E D, whew!

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This project has come to a close and adds to our collection of, too damn big" furniture.
Anyway I may add some accent lighting to the upper unit and I need to address the wires under the desk top, I have plenty of support under the desk top that I could hang the wiring, sub wolfer, and UPS.
I think I may eventually extend the top trim out another layer and put LED ribbon lighting under it's edge and or add the same type lighting along the bottom rail just above the monitor. That may be too close and cause glare, maybe not.
So here is a shot of the desk from a distance just outside the office. The desk and top are about 86" tall, and 96" wide. The desk top is 34" deep. I am happy with all of the arcs, the top rails of each desk drawer, the gradual one just under the desk top in front, it has another 3/4" rail, attached just behind it and there are 3 more pairs of rails behind that. And I am especially happy with the ark created from the door top rails that integrate with the cubby top face frame rail.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcb11211/8614213717/lightbox/
From inside the office straight into the desk top,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcb11211/8615323232/lightbox/
And a couple of close ups of the in/out boxes in the top. I used the Incra iBox jig to cut assist with cutting the box joints for the boxes. The whistling boxes are a 1/4" white oak.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcb11211/8615323816/lightbox/
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On 4/3/13 9:58 AM, Leon wrote:

Ridiculous! Exception work, very impressed.
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On 4/3/2013 11:04 AM, -MIKE- wrote:

Thank you! Re-dick'l'us? LOL
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On 4/3/2013 9:58 AM, Leon wrote:

Spectacularly taking the genre up a dozen more notches!
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On 4/3/2013 11:15 AM, Swingman wrote:

Thank you again!
Missing the thought of breakfast at Taciria Chiwawa. LOL
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Beautiful!! Now I found the Rockler lumber section and saw 1/4"woods there!!
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On 4/3/2013 11:23 AM, Han wrote:

Drive-by warning...
First off Thank you!
I resawed 4/4 s4s on my Laguna BS with a 1.25" Resaw King blade and then did a touch up at the drum sander to bring the final thickness to .25".
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At first I was going to ask you how you got the 1/4" oak, but just for kicks googled 1/4" oak, and ended up at Rocklers (which gets too much of my money already).
Since I don't have a really good bandsaw, I must ask which Laguna you have, but I'm pretty sure my hobbyist needs won't warrant the investment. Nevertheless, what Laguna bandsaw do you have?
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The expensive one. :-). Seriously., I has a Craftsman for many years and avoided using it because it had to be set up every time I used it. Replaced it with an 18" Rikon and still was not happy. I was especially not happy with the roller guides on the Rikon. While roller guides seem to make perfect sense they ended up being noisy and vibrated when dirty. Then I saw the Laguna and it's 10 point ceramic guides and I have been very happy with the saw.
It is the LT 16 HD with the 4.5 hp Baldor motor. There are much les expensive models available.
http://www.lagunatools.com/bandsaws/bandsaw-lt16hd#
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I'm sure it makes sense for you, but those are Festool prices!!
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On 4/3/2013 4:17 PM, Han wrote:

It really did not make sense, however I use the saw much much more than the previous two. I wanted a saw that would perform when called on to do so vs. one that would need to be tweaked every time I needed to use it.
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On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:58:06 AM UTC-7, Leon wrote:

Great design and great execution. Remind, what is the finish?
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On 4/3/2013 11:25 AM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

Thank you!
I used Old Masters Gel varnish, applied with a folded Scotts blue shop paper towel and excess wiped with the same. 3 coats.
http://www.myoldmasters.com/products-intclear-oilbased-gelpoly.htm
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On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:02:55 AM UTC-7, Leon wrote:

Never seen this brand it before. Looks good on the desk. I use wiping poly on heavy wear items like desk tops. Maybe I'll try gel varnish next time. I have used gel stain and liked it.
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On 4/3/2013 1:19 PM, SonomaProducts.com wrote:

heavy wear items like desk tops. Maybe I'll try gel varnish next time. I have used gel stain and liked it.

The brand has been around for a long time IIRC, 35+ years.
If you like gel stains, you should really like gel varnishes. Like anything else there are different qualities.
I originally started using Bartley gel stains and varnishes in the early 90's. Bartely's sold out to Lawrence McFadden and I loved the LM gel varnish but they went out of business. I was not impressed by General Finishes gel varnishes, YMMV
Out of desperation I dried Old Masters, it was the most like the LM gel stain.
There is a bit of a learning curve. The first coat is always simple, wipe it on, immediately wipe it off. Second coat wipe on and wipe/smooth ASAP, after a minute or so. The thicker you put it on the easier it is to remove. This coat tends to take time to dry depending on the humidity and temperature. For me lower humidity works better but in Houston that is hard to come by. The instructions call for a second wipe down/buff with a new clean cloth between coats and this tends to be a bit harder to determine when to do so, sooner is better or much much later is better. Having said all of this using the Scotts paper towels I never had to wipe/buff a "second time between coats".
Once dry to the touch you can apply another coat. On a good day I can apply 3 coats.
Once thoroughly dry wrap a piece of paper around a block of wood and rub it all down to give it a baby butt smooth surface.
FWIW I used it on this also,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcb11211/6485170313/in/photostream
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That's a keeper and a design to be proud of.
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On 4/3/2013 11:44 AM, Mike M wrote:

Thank you! I'll be keeping it, unless of course... ;~)
Can't wait for the cherry to darken.
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On 04/03/2013 07:58 AM, Leon wrote:

Do a google on "cable tray" to get some ideas.
I have some Bush office furniture that came with cable trays. That and some under desk computer mounts keeps everything off the floor and out of sight.
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On 4/3/2013 11:59 AM, Doug Winterburn wrote:

Pretty much what I was thinking, I am almost there with the top support. just a few hangers for the big stuff.
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On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:25:19 AM UTC-6, Leon wrote:

e and adds to our collection of, too damn >> big" furniture.
Looks great, as usual. Makes me want to do something about my desk scenari o, get rid of some of the clutter AND upgrade the whole niche.

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Not a complaint: You may recall, some time ago, I had trouble opening your Flickr pages. This last link (above) opened fine. I have discovered tha t anyone's Flickr link, not just yours, with "lightbox/" at the end of the URL, disallowed opening anyone's Flickr page. I suppose the problem must b e, might be, on my end. In case anyone else has this problem, copy and pas te the URL and remove the "lightbox/" before opening.
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