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Since finishing the Plane Till, I’ve had a couple of good weekends where the weather has cooperated enough for me to make progress on the desk. Given the small size of my shop, and limited dust collection ability, it’s sometimes easier (and less messy) to set up some power tool work outside in my backyard. In this case we’re talking about my router table, which handled the dual role of dimensioning the maple edge stock to match the thickness of the plywood top build-up, as well as adding a 1/4″ round-over profile. My router table setup, as you can see, consists of my Workmate with a 2′ x 4′ sheet of plywood clamped in it, and a Craftsman (Skil) router table clamped to that. The router is a Rigid R2901 which I’ve had for about 5 years. I had to make some modifications to the table to get the two to work together, since its not as common as say a Porter-Cable, but other that that it’s a great piece of machinery.

I took about 5/64th” off the bottom surface of the stock using a top-bearing pattern bit, then switched it out for 1/4″ round-over all along one long edge. This round-over will end up being the outside edge of the desktop. Then I pulled out my trusty Delta miter saw to start cutting the pieces to length. I guess I underestimated the amount of wood needed , because I came up a little short and had to make another trip to Home Depot- for about 2 ft. worth of stock.

After I had gone through the whole router setup again to get the right amount for the last two sections, I finally proceeded with the glue-up. I actually thought a long time about whether or not to use biscuits on this part, and ultimately decided against it because a) it would add a lot more time to the project since I don’t have a very good biscuit jointer, and b) it really wouldn’t add significant strength since the overall size is rather small.

This is what it looks like at the moment. I haven’t had the opportunity to finish the glue-up yet, but I’ll be sure to post more pics when that’s done.

As always, thanks for reading, and I look forward to feedback as to how I’m doing.