I have been wanting a contemporary, gentle wooden espresso desk with rounded ends for awhile, so I lastly constructed one. This video is a tutorial of how I took stable maple lumber and layers of maple plywood and turned them into an superior trendy espresso desk.
Try the video above to see rather more element about how I constructed it.
My web site has the desk’s dimensions: https://www.makergray.com/wooden/2018/four/9/moderncoffeetable
Step 1: Instruments and Supplies
Step 2: Minimize & Glue Prime Boards
I’m beginning by making the desk high. And for that, I’m utilizing three ¾ maple boards that I picked up from my native onerous wooden lumber yard. I discovered the middle of the boards after which made a tough minimize to chop the boards in two.
Now that I’ve 6 boards, I paired them off making three 1.5” boards, after which glued every pair along with wooden glue.
I had loads of floor space to connect and never loads of time earlier than the glue began to arrange so I labored shortly to get every pair collectively as soon as the glue was utilized. And as soon as they have been all glued up, I sandwiched the three collectively in clamps to take advantage of use of the clamps I’ve.
Step three: Make the Edges Straight
After letting the glue dry in a single day, I unclamped my three boards and received began with making the perimeters straight. These three boards are going to be glued collectively facet by facet to make a desk high, so establishing a straight edge the place the boards meet, with no gaps, is my objective.
To do that, I received out my Kreg Accu Minimize to assist my round noticed run within the straightest line attainable. This Accu Minimize is only a straight observe that has a information that attaches to most round saws.
Step four: Put together the Edges to Be part of
Right here, you see me lining out marks throughout the 2 appears the place I’ll be becoming a member of the boards collectively. These marks are going to information my biscuit joiner. A biscuit joiner is only a instrument that cuts out slots within the mating edges to assist make the becoming a member of of the perimeters extra correct.
To do that, you line up the joiner on the matching marked traces to chop out slots in every board.
Step 5: Glue Up the Boards
Subsequent I utilized wooden glue on the perimeters to be joined, in addition to within the slots.
I then inserted these biscuits in every slot of 1 piece of wooden. Then, with the mating piece of wooden, you slide the biscuits into their corresponding slots. And once more, that is simply serving to to make the becoming a member of of the perimeters extra correct.
As soon as each joints have been glued, I used to be capable of put this desk high into clamps to dry.
Step 6: Sand the Prime Flat
After letting the glue dry in a single day, I used to be capable of transfer my high outdoors with my belt sander to start out sanding. To tough flatten this high I began with 80 grit sandpaper. After which I moved to 120 grit to additional easy all of it out.
The ultimate form of this espresso desk could have rounded ends. When it got here time to chop the curves, I didn’t have something available to precisely draw the half circle minimize traces I wished. So I appeared round my store and received inventive with some leftover stud shimming materials from a previous lavatory renovation. It was versatile sufficient to curve properly, however stiff sufficient to carry up whereas I drew my traces. I positioned short-term screws into my bench high to be further palms to carry the template in place. After which I used to be in a position to attract my spherical minimize traces.
Step eight: Minimize the Curved Ends
To chop every finish, I used my jigsaw and minimize simply outdoors of the road. That method I may then use my belt sander and sand to the road to ensure the curves have been good and spherical.
I then flipped my desk the wrong way up and added a chamfered edge to the underside with my palm router. And with that element accomplished, my high was roughly accomplished!
Step 9: Minimize & Glue Strips for the Base
The bottom of this espresso desk goes to be made out of stacked strips of maple plywood. To make these strips, I minimize 2.5” vast items on my desk noticed. I minimize sufficient strips that might create the peak I wished the bottom to be as soon as they have been stacked collectively.
Once I had sufficient plywood strips for my two base ends, I glued them up three strips at a time after which sandwiched all of them into clamps to dry. You’ll see why I solely glued three at a time right here in a second.
Step 10: Put together the Base for Reducing
As soon as they have been dry I took the highest items and marked the place Il’l want to chop out some materials for the desk high to sit down in. Then to make my minimize traces for the curved ends, I grabbed a small rounded jar of plumbers putty, which was the proper sized spherical template to attract my traces.
Step 11: Minimize the Base Ends
To make these spherical cuts I used my band noticed. And that is why I stored my glue ups for this base at three inches or much less. My small band noticed has a three” depth.
For the curved ends, I once more minimize simply outdoors of the road. Unwell return later and sand to the road to make these curves good and spherical. The band noticed additionally labored nice for reducing away the fabric for the desk high to sit down in.
Step 12: Glue Up the Base Items
As soon as they have been all minimize, I utilized glue between every board and clamped every base up. I let that dry in a single day after which for the primary time received a superb take a look at how these bases would actually look with the highest. And I’ve to say, it appeared even higher than I imagined.
Step 13: Make the Middle Brace
I’m going to need these two bases to remain in place so I’m going so as to add a middle brace to tie them collectively. For this I simply took a leftover piece of plywood to the desk noticed and ripped it in half
I glued these two items collectively to make a thicker 1.5” vast brace.
I then made a minimize on every base for the middle brace to sit down in. I made the cuts with my Japanese pull noticed. I simply made a number of cuts after which used a hammer and a chisel to take away the meat within the center and clear the whole lot up.
I then wrapped some sand paper round a sanding block and smoothed out the within of the recess.
Step 14: Sanding
With all my cuts accomplished I moved on to sanding. I used my belt sander, beginning with 80 grit paper, and floor flattened the perimeters – eliminating any glue squeeze out and tough spots. Then I moved to the curved ends and sanded the perimeters, making them good and spherical.
After which once more with my orbital sander with 180 grit sandpaper to complete it up.
With the whole lot sanded I took the middle brace piece and glued it in to the 2 slots I made on every base, connecting them collectively.
Step 15: Making use of End
To organize for end on the desk high, I first wiped a moist rag over the wooden which raises the grain of the wooden fibers. You’ll be able to’t stop raised grain with a water based mostly end, which is what I’ll be utilizing, so it’s good to take care of it first so the end comes out easy. After letting the highest dry, I then sanded it easy with my orbital sander.
The end I’m utilizing is Excessive Efficiency Satin by Common Finishes. It’s my new favourite end and I can’t suggest it sufficient. I like this end on gentle woods like this maple as a result of it dries crystal clear and doesn’t change the colour of the wooden or trigger it to barely yellow in any respect.
Now that I’m making use of this water based mostly end, the wooden grain gained’t elevate once more practically as a lot because it did with the primary wetting, serving to to maintain this desk high tremendous easy. I utilized three coats of this end to the highest and the bottom, after all drying and sanding in between coats.
And with the end utilized, the espresso desk is completed!
I am thrilled with how this espresso desk got here collectively and I like the best way it appears to be like in my front room. I am additionally tremendous pleased with how sturdy it’s.