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    Grand Daughter's Desk

    A delayed Christmas gift for my Grand Daughter (8 yr old), at least I finished in the same year. We were going to buy one, but after seeing reasonably priced junk and over price acceptable I decided at the last minute (week before Christmas) to make one. I cheated by buying turned legs at the borg. Was planning on buying a wood chair and finishing to match the desk, but again, could not find one on short notice. A friend suggested the bench, and the borg had shorter matching legs so I went with a matching bench with storage. Good choice, glad my buddy suggested it.

    Desk is made from basic borg pine, painted w/ two coats primer and sprayed top coat. I originally made a plywood top painted white, did not like it, so went with a maple top w/ wipe on poly. Top needs a quick sanding and another coat, otherwise it's ready for delivery.

    Not one of my better works, but good for it's intended purpose......... Comments and critiques welcome........

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Great job Grampa. She'll love it.
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    Tony

    Looks like a great job and I'm sure she'll love it! How did you fasten the legs? Loose M&T?

    Jay

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    Very nice! The older she gets the more it will mean to her too!

    Jeff
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    Great job. Looks perfect for an 8-year-old girl...I'll bet she loves it. I especially like the storage in the bench. Reminds me of my mom's piano bench, where all sorts of cool stuff ended up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Knoll View Post
    How did you fasten the legs?
    Biscuits...... nothing fancy here .... This was one of those 'get it done' jobs. Has some cross bracing under the top for the drawer and to keep it square.

    Vaughn, I've got to admit, the bench was fashioned after a piano bench.

    Tony, BCE '75

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    They look great together. It almost looks like nesting tables. Nice work on the storage bench - lots of room for art projects.

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    Looks good to me. I'm sure it will get a lot of use.

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    Love it Tony, I'm sure she will get years and year of use out of it.

    Make sure you sign and date it!

    Cheers!
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