Design, Legs, & Joinery | Nicole’s Desk Pt. 1

Video - August 21, 2020

Nicole needed a new desk and her only requests were a large top, a shelf, and a drawer. Beyond that, I had complete creative freedom. When I set pencil to paper, I came up with a design that definitely shows some Mid-Century Modern influence, but is largely influenced by Star Trek. This wasn’t an intentional influence so much as something I realized after the design was complete. I’ve been binge-watching old episodes for the last year and the Roddenberry design aesthetic has apparently seeped into my brain.

The theme of this project is developed around the 56 degree angle of the legs. You’ll find that angle carried through to the apron and the drawer. This presented a number of challenges that were fun to tackle.

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  • 0:00 – Design Influence
  • 1:31 – The Legs
  • 3:04 – Leg Tapers
  • 4:44 – Leg Miters
  • 6:53 – Design Change?
  • 8:17 – Apron and Drawer Parts
  • 10:27 – Bevel Cuts
  • 12:47 – Domino Joinery

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