Laminate it, cut the bottom bit with long straight router and
laminate the sides to it.
This approach might prove interesting - cut out the area and then
insert the laminated part - allows for different wood color/grain.
I was thinking of a two-part sled affair (I have no CNC access) with
the (female) "base" part shaped like the pencil groove you want to
end up with ( with a slot to allow the bit to reach the work) and a
shorter, similarly-shaped (male) piece fixed to the router base. I
thought you could slide the router to each end where it would raise up
and out of the work.
But it would tilt as it hit the "ramp" at either end and then level as
it came out of the work. It might not make a difference and would, as
envisioned, employ a simple quarter-inch spiral (?) straight bit that
cut bottom and sides.
But, If I had a CNC router, I would think I could put the same bit in
the machine and cut your pencil tray quite easily
Rout the pocket, then chisel along the pencil axis to form the slope,
or gouge across the pencil axis. Either way, it helps to have a good
heavy table and vise.
Finish with sandpaper (the bottom won't be esthetic straight from
Cut the bottom shelf into three pieces ,the pencil slot can be made by
making a pattern, from some mdf or ply , then use a straight pattern bit
and a router table ,rout the shape of the bottom of the pencil tray with
the material on it's edge ,then rip it to width and edge glue the three
pieces together .If the tray is wider than the length of the bit ,then
make a couple and edge glue them together.
I would use a thicker piece of material for the tray and rout it into
one face , then rip that face off the bigger piece with the table saw,
trim to the width you require .
The other way is to make a jig ( see link below ) to hold a piece of
material on it's edge , and then make a female template and use a
template guide to follow the template ,Use apiece of material larger
than you need and trim it to size after on the table saw.
Actually your key board box is not a good design IMHO as you have no
wrist support ,it looks to be way too high off the desk top ,I would
imagine that you would get very tired in the hands and wrists if you
spent a lot of time typing with that setup.
I would have the keyboard below on a sliding tray and the pencil tray on
the top shelf.
Unless this is designed to sit across your lap and you are not using a
desk at all.
Check out this link for other ways to use a router and achieve excellent
"I'm not young enough to know everything."
Actually, this will sit on the sliding tray. It is suitably low for me
that this puts it in a good location. If I could locate yellow poplar
thinner than 3/4" it may help weight-wise (I didn't locate it online).
My MS Natural keyboard provides some wrist support (not shown in picture).
Thank you for your suggestions regarding implementation. They are all
good, but I don't have a router table or even a TS yet. I do have a
circular saw and a router--and some hand planes!
If you learn to sharpen and use your hand planes, you can get your board
to whatever thickness you want - faster than you might think if you
think the only way to can make boards thinner is with a rotary planer or
wide belt sander...
Thank you for the suggestion. I've got some good planing projects
coming up. I haven't tried my planes yet (picked them up at auction),
so I'm sure they are probably due for some fettling...and maybe a cool
dip in some of that "rust-off stuff" from Harbor Freight. it would be
nice to demonstrate for my wife (and me!) that I can make Something! : )
Speaking of which, how are your insulating and lighting projects
coming? If you're good, you can stretch it out into years as I did
with the bow saur project last century.
Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come
alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive. -- Howard Thurman
Larry, I assure you that no project has been forgotten (you forgot to
mention the DP baseboard one). Actually, I don't have an insulation
project on the books now. I did insulate the walls and you added the
ceiling without me giving the go-ahead. I am eager to start playing
with the drywall mud again. I just need temps above 55F. As it is, we
keep dipping into the single digits. I think I'll be able to wrap-up all
the projects I've started by this summer--though I'm sure to start new
ones before then...
What's a bow saur? Did you make a bow saw?
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