The under-desk rack cabinet is done except for the porcelain top insert. I haven’t yet decided which marble-look porcelain I want to use here. For the foreseeable future, this top won’t even be visible, which argues for low cost. On the other side is my penchant for “do things once, do them right” and “cry once now, or cry a lot later”. Thus far I’ve kept to “if you can make a decision late, do so”.
I’ve assembled the base of the first desk. My friend Randy Forbes noted that the feet of the legs are overkill. He then said, “I miss you.”. Having friends that appreciate who you are (and knowing that you’re gonna be that person even if it’s quirky/annoying/spooky) is SUCH a wonderful thing!
Now that I have the base of the first desk assembled and what I know is a solid desk design (with overkill thrown in), I thought I’d reflect a moment. This is after all a design/engineering/craftsmanship/whatever web site.
I’m not a fine woodworker. It’s not that I don’t have the patience (I do); I don’t have the time. Maybe someday.
My woodworking creations lean heavily toward utilitarian. I tend to choose function over form. My desk design reflects it. It’s sort of mission/craftsman style, but I have a LOT of fasteners that are NOT in those styles and none that typically are. I’ve got dowels, pocket hole screws, threaded inserts, long bolts going into dowel nuts, guide pins and leaded bronze guide bushings. No mortises or tenons, no biscuits, no dominos. The only time I’ve used my chisels thus far is to scrape off half-dried glue. Nevermind the 1″ thick Delrin feet or the single piece of porcelain for most of the top. I’m gonna call it “my style”. Which is again, utilitarian. It’s VERY strong; the base will likely easily hold 1,000 pounds. It has gaps for cabling. It’s designed to be able to be disassembled into 4 parts, since it’ll be heavy in total. The thick Derlin feet will allow me to slide it easily on the porcelain floor, and they can be replaced since they’re bolted to threaded inserts in the legs. Maybe someone will be using these desks long after I’m gone.
In terms of artistry, it’s not that far from a some-assembly-required MDF desk. Just with much nicer materials and beefier fastening. On the other hand, it has some qualities of a commissioned work: it’s designed specifically for the space it will inhabit and the people who will be using it. It’s actually designed by its primary user. In software and other technology fields, we call this dogfooding. I’ll be using what I’ve created.