Wednesday Woodworking – Desk Update and Next Project

Here’s Heather’s desk setup and in use:

Desk in the office.

and my next project is to clean this area up and cut down the size of this assembly table:

Too big for the space.

My shop is only about 160 square feet (as large as a big bedroom), so space is at a premium.  I built this assembly table/storage cart a few years ago.  It’s not working out as it’s just too big and tends to just be a flat surface that accumulates junk. The only useful thing it stores is my air compressor and air tools which only take up about half the space in the base.  So I’m going to cut it in half and make two carts.  I’ll use some of that junk wood on the right to make shelving inside the carts and what I don’t use is going to get hauled off to the scrap yard.

The second cart will get my jointer, sander, and maybe my small band saw.

If you need me, I’ll be using my table saw to cut a table in half.


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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25 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – Desk Update and Next Project

  1. CJ Hartwell says:

    Always good to have a plan, Andrew. Especially when it involves power tools.
    The desk looks nice!

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  2. You were right, desk does look good right side up.

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  3. G. J. Jolly says:

    Out of curiosity, why are you downsizing the assembly table? I can think of lots of uses for it the way it is.

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    • When I first built it, I thought I’d have tons of uses for a large table. The problem is that it’s too big for the space and I can only work from one side of it and nearly half of it is out of arms reach so just ends up collecting junk. I’m rebuilding it as two smaller tables which should give me more flexibility and if I needed a large work space, I could just shove the two together.

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  4. Debra says:

    Nice work, once again, Andrew! It looks like a really good size, too!


  5. Well, at least you’re using the correct saw! Your two-cart idea sounds great – you can still push them together if you need a larger surface.

    Heather’s desk looks great!

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  6. The desk looks great! And yeah – those flat surfaces are magnets for “stuff”. I know – my kitchen counters are flat!

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  7. dorannrule says:

    Heather’s desk is a beauty!

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  8. Jeff Branch says:

    Your desk turned out really well.

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  9. Pied Type says:

    Every time I see all that wood in your shop, I start imaging how it smells … especially if you’ve been running a saw.

    Lucky Heather. You’re a really handy guy to have around!

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  10. I love the desk but I have to ask: How does Heather open the drawers? Hmm???

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  11. jfwknifton says:

    I hope Heather realises that not every husband can make something as wonderful as that desk. Most of us are still stuck with the kids’ Lego.

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