I finally finished the desk and breathed a sigh of relief that it turned out OK. It was certainly a project that challenged me and certainly elevated my woodworking skills.
It was not, however, my favorite project. I followed plan which was actually overly complicated and had some confusing mistakes. That was a big part of problem (I’m talking to you Fine Woodworking). Marc over at the Wood Whisperer help me simplify things and got me off of dead center. AND … the project also took me waaay longer than I thought it would. I’ve been itching to move on. Anyway, its all done! Curly Cherry from Hardwood to Go.
Khaya Mahogany top.
Pull out work surface.
Doors! I still need another knob.
Inside the cabinet behind the folding door.
Fold down front for pull out key board.
The pull out key board is drying in the garage and I still need one more knob for the doors. But, at least for this weekend, there’s no more time to work on it. Finish is Daly’s Profinover one coat of shellac.
First I trimmed the doors to fit in the case using spacers.
The hinges were used as spacers along with anything else I could find of the same width.
Chamfering the edges on the fit is complete.
I made a spacer to align the hinge with the top of the rails.
Then pre-drilled the holes.
Hinges will permit some adjustment.
I made a second spacer to place the hinge on the case one hinge with taller.
Case spacer to ensure the doors are one hinge width above the bottom of the case.
Then I installed the hings on the doors first then the case.
Bi-fold door 1/2 open.
Bi-fold doors all the way open with support bar still in place.
I used Marc Spagnuolo plywood wall cabinet no mortise hinge installation video as a guide for what I ended up doing. I tried to photograph most of the steps.
I was able to use the hinges to create even space around all door edges.
Then I cut two different spacers. One spacer placed the hinges at the same location on the doors (in line with the rails). Then I cut a second spacer that was a hinge space taller to place the hinge on the case side. This ensured that the door doesn’t drag on the case bottom and left a hinge width space.
As usual, you can right click on the pictures to see them in larger size.