[Desk Repair] Back to work…

Back in the heart of winter, oh, about a month ago, before my surgeries, before Percoset, before spring….my wife and I decided to switch our dining room with our office.  We had wood floors put in and the change has not only made the house look better but made us (her) VERY happy.   The flooring was installed while I recovered from surgery #1 (planned).  The  everything had to wait while I recovered from surgery #2 (unplanned!).    Despite all that drama during March, things progressed smoothly.

With one small problem.  Our desk, a big L-shaped Sam’s Club monster from when we lived in Texas, has lived through a lot and this final move was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.

It simply wouldn’t stay together and the top had warped enouh that my humble repairs (two years ago) were straining to keep it in one piece, let alone in place.

My solution, remove the long side with the warped top.  Cut the top to fit just the left end of it (the drawer section) and then use a router to fix the edge profile and reattach to the leaner, meaner, remnant of a desk.

So, with the requisite spousal approval, I got to work.  Turns out the solid wood desk we thought we had was actually particle board with a wood veneer (even undrrneath…which is why I had been fooled for 8 years!).


To repair this and route the edge, I needed a wood support and wood trim.  So I got a piece of 3/4″ maple and cut it to fit.  The  I used some scrap pine, set up my resaw fence on the bandsaw and cut two custom-sized pieces to make the trim.  In the first actual use of this shop made fence from last year, I can safely report it worked like a charm!

Here is the moulding I’m trying to mimic:


After some judicious use of clamps, the glue dried and I have this:


Now, I have something for the router to shape!


Just need to spin up the router and when it’s shaped, I should be able to play with stains and match the color.

Looking forward to some warmer weather this week to try my hand at the new router!  That and I’d like to get the file cabinet out of my shop and get some space back….


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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