A sneak peak at the desk top

A friend of mine is helping me rout spline groove in the edges of my desk top pieces over the weekend on his router table.  I’m preping the boards so that it’ll all be ready for the router and glue up.

6 thoughts on “A sneak peak at the desk top”

    1. I agree!

      I got both pieces from a guy on craig’s list about a year ago. I sometimes find some real deal that way, but they’re few and far between.

  1. I have a question a little of topic, but, roughly what do you think it cost you to make your workbench, material and hardware? If you don’t want to answer that I understand. To make a bench slightly larger than my current one which is 24″x72″ out of beech or maple I’m running into the $800 range for material/ and one vice. I’ve been asking around just to get a rough estimate and everybody seems to be coming in around the $1000 range, which is about how I priced it. I’m currently on the fence about saving for material or just saving to purchase a bench from Lie Nielsen. As I said, if you want to tell me great, if not I completely understand. Thanks.

    1. Sounds about right to me. I have the benchcraft leg vise which I think was around $ 300 bucks and I spend another $ 100 on the end vise. So yes, $ 1000 sounds right.

      The top, of course, was the most expensive part of the lumber.

      I went to the Wood Whisperer free site and typed in work bench material costs. There are a lot of posts about that on his site. And if you go to the forum, even more discussion.

      Chris Schwarz has a plan for a $175 bench that I’ve found on the web if you’d like to consider another option.

      1. Thanks for your help. My current bench cost me about $350 roughly. I’ve never been truly satisfied with the top, which has worked well I will admit, but there are certain things that I would change. Considering the time and money involved, I’m leaning towards buying a bench. Though I don’t mind building benches, I would rather be making furniture. Thanks again for your help

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