Oak Desk

In a previous life this wood was a coffee table

I just finished up my latest woodworking project. I took my old coffee table and turned it into a desk. Yes that top is solid oak. It was heavy and I did not like how I filled in the knot. If I had only found the correct clear drying epoxy, it would look much better. Here is a quick look at what went into making this desk.

Ripping the table over my old glue joints…
…and split each of those on the band saw
Board layout
I was finally able to glue it up. (with probably too many clamps) I then squared up the edges with a hand plane.

At this point in the project, I started to work on the breadboard ends. A breadboard end looks pretty and is very functional. I followed this basic guide to make sure the wood can move as the humidity changes throughout the year. This ended up being the most time-consuming part of the project and also required most labor.

This mortise was mostly bored on the drill press, but also cleaned up on the router table and finished with a chisel.
Nearly done here, just need to get it to fit!

Now time for the final glue joints. As mentioned before we are only gluing up the center tenon and all three pins on each side. This will allow for the wood to move. Another benefit to having breadboard ends is that the table is less likely to warp; the end pieces keep it flat. With that done, all that was left was to sand, and stain and protect. I stained the wood with Minwax Golden Oak and finished with Minwax Polycrylic. Now on to the rest of the finished photos!

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