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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2016, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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My youngest (14 yrs) loves to tinker, and make pens or other small projects. She needed a computer desk to replace a table that took up too much space. She tried to match some of the other pine furniture in the room, but wanted it to be a "lighter" or more delicate looking piece.

She took all the dimensions to find the space we had, and determined what we needed to have at a minimum. We made the piece out of paint grade pine panels for the legs and stretchers, cutting around the ugly parts. The whole thing is pocket screw construction.

The top is a stain grade pine panel. All told, she spent about $30 on the wood, screws, and feet. Not a bad little project, she still has to put the finish on it, but wanted to show it off.

Unfortunately, the computer that we had designed the table around failed to work when we connected everything. It turns out that the socket for the graphics board was damaged as we were moving everything around. I transferred the guts into a slightly older tower, but all of the cable connections now hit the bottom stretcher, so the computer couldn't fit far enough in. We had to make a riser to get the plugs up and over the stretcher so they wouldn't get damaged.

The tower is also a little wider than the planned one, but if I can find something a little faster with a smaller case for cheap on CL we can build a better machine. I just needed to get something together for her quick so she can keep up with her summer school work. We'll work on the cord management later...

She said it was a fun project, and we made sure she signed it so everyone will know who made it.

I think simple projects like this show that it is possible to make a custom project and get decent results even without a lot of experience. I think it has given her the confidence to try other projects in the future.
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Good project, Doug. Simple but functional. Something to be proud of. Bet the daughter is pretty proud of herself as well she should be.
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Way to go go Doug's daughter. You will be out doing the old man before long.

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be proud Doug...
'cause I'll be your daughter is...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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be proud Doug...
'cause I'll be your daughter is...
Always! proud of both of them! I can't believe how much smarter and more talented they are than I was at their age.

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Always! proud of both of them! I can't believe how much smarter and more talented they are than I was at their age.
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WAY TO GO DOUG!!!

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Congrats to your daughter on a nice job . Looks like the project had a nice outcome and was a great learning experiance for her .
Will be interesting to see what she conquers next

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Nice. Simple lines and very practical.

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The desk is very nice, and should be applauded, but the memories you two built doing this small project will last a lifetime....nicely done Doug!!

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I like the way the front "skirt" was cut out... adds a little character and leg room.
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