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Offline Gene Davis

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Writing desk design - project not started yet
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:38 AM »
We have an Ethan Allen cherry desk that my wife really likes, and want to arrange a room with it in a back to back "partner" setup.  Ethan Allen no longer makes it, so a new piece to match is in the near future.

I measured the desk and came up with a "writing" desk that matches it for size and details, but this one has only shallow drawers at the two sides.  The one we have has two drawers on the L and a large one on the R with the drawerfront made to look like the pair on the L.  Saddlebag drops.  Like you see in a lot of desks.

Not owning a Domino, but having made pieces before like this using m and t, I wonder if my proposed domino design will be strong enough for a this.  I used 8mm and smaller tenons, and am thinking of the 500 which can cut mortises up to 10 mm in size.  Apron parts joining into the 2.25" square legs are all 3/4" thickness.

Please comment on the design and the size of the tenons.  It looks to me as if the 700, with its 14 mm capacity, is really for heavy work, like large entry doors and pieces larger than this old furniture-maker wants to handle now.

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Offline JCLP

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Re: Writing desk design - project not started yet
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2014, 10:50 AM »
Great design. What software did you use?

Offline RL

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Re: Writing desk design - project not started yet
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2014, 11:32 AM »
Nice design. I made a similar desk using the Domino for joinery and I made a video about the using the domino with it which you can see on youtube if you search for "Festool domino joinery writing desk." I used the small Domino too.

A couple of thoughts on seeing your plans. I think four dominos to connect the aprons to the legs is too much. You may even be weakening the joint with so many mortises. Two is sufficient and make one of the four mortises on the medium setting to allow for cross-grain to long-grain wood expansion perhaps.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2014, 11:35 AM by RL »

Offline Gene Davis

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Re: Writing desk design - project not started yet
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2014, 11:56 AM »
Thanks.  Software is Sketchup, the free version, and everything I model I put up on the 3D Warehouse, so all may use.

Here is my workup for the principal joinery for the Stickley Highlands dining table, which I also plan to build soon.  I'm going to be busy.

Your point is well taken as re number of tenons, but I am coming from having done work like this in traditional m and t, and thought I should be sizing the array of dominos for each joint to be about like the traditional design.  I will lighten up the count.

Sounds like all I need is the 500 plus appropriate bits.