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Sam Jacoby
Sam Jacoby committed Sep 10, 2012
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One week at summer's end, I decided I should have desk. No glue. No screws. One piece of 4 × 8′ birch-veneered plywood. It's kept tense by the tight-fitting angled notches that hold the boards together--though the cables in the back don't hurt.
Some crude [plans](#plans) are below.
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<h2 id="plans">Plans</h2>
This is the basic first-sketch that I followed. A lot of things changed while building the thing, so beware. Because I didn't cap the ends of the central section, it's not rigid, so I put in cable cross-stays on the back to make it stable (it's still fairly wobbly -- no fasteners!). I took out a chunk of the top part of the legs, to create the three-layered system above.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40358770@N00/7967635154/" title="Desk Plans by s_jacoby, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8459/7967635154_f1a9a3a7d2_z.jpg" width="494" height="640" alt="Desk Plans"></a>
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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40358770@N00/7967636932/" title="Desk Plans by s_jacoby, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/7967636932_39e727eb96_z.jpg" width="494" height="640" alt="Desk Plans"></a>
<figcaption>The stains are shellac. I love that stuff.</figcaption>
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Here's the 4 &times; 8 birch-veneer plywood board, specc'd out to be cut. I had the guys at Home Depot do all of the big cuts -- which they did, albeit, messily. I did the rest with a cheap-o (cordless!) circular saw.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40358770@N00/7967639124/" title="Desk Plans by s_jacoby, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8438/7967639124_54b84363a8_z.jpg" width="504" height="640" alt="Desk Plans"></a>
This is the tricky part, the detail of the leg-surface connection. The basic angle I calculated was 68.2&deg;, which worked out reasonable well. If it's too shallow, your legs could bow--too steep, and well, you've just made a more-or-less regular desk. Oh, and I beveled the bottom of each leg so that it stands flat--but that you'd do automatically.
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