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Gluing a complex piece of furniture can be a challenge. For me, it usually entails development of a thoughtful plan. Often, the first plan won’t work – after walking through the steps, I often run into a stumbling block, and revise it.
Recently, I faced the glue-up of the desk shown below. At first glance, It seems simple enough, but there are traps. You can go in one direction, only to find it won’t work. There are a number of mortise and tenon joints in this piece, that go together in competing directions. I finally decided on the following method and documented in SketchUp.
A video of the SketchUp procedure is shown below.
I also finished the 4-step gluing procedure today in the shop (with real wood) and will include a few pictures.
Here is the model of the assembled desk.
In this video, you can follow my procedure for glue-up.
Here is Stage 1 – first in SketchUp then in the shop.
Here is Stage 2 – first in SketchUp, then in the shop.
Here is Stage 3 in SketchUp.
And here is the final glue up with the two end leg assemblies.
Now to complete the Top and Drawers.
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