[Desk Repair] Routing the trim…

Today,  taking advantage of the 50° temperatures outside after another cold snap (yes, it snowed two days ago)  I used my hand planes to knock down the slight lip on the maple support of the shortened desktop and the pine trim piece I glued up last time.   It only took a few minutes – it took me longer to remember how to stand and hold the thing than it did to start the shavings flying.  It’s been entirely too long since I was in the shop.  Nevertheless,  I quickly had a nice level surface on the bottom.


Once everything was prepared, I pulled out a classic cove (5/8″) bit for my new router (a Dewalt compact kit with plunge base) set everything up and went to town.


The router started smooth, is a heck of a lot quieter than my other ones and was a joy to maneuver.  Three shallow passes and I was in business.  I will likely do a review of this little router later.

Anyway…As you can see in the next photo, I got a bit of tearout on the very end, but that was because I was climb cutting (very very slowly, even) to get it smooth in the curve.  I don’t fault the router in this, but rather that I didn’t get this section of the pine completely flush to the particle board backing. The gap let things vibrate and it just chipped out. I think.  Here’s what it looked like:


No worries though – a little touch up with my carving chisels and I had a nice flowing transition from real thing to repair job…on one end:



And t’other:



I knocked off the sharp edges with sandpaper and called it a day.  Most importantly, I impressed the heck out of my wife – bonus points!

Now I just need to wait for a day when it gets above 65°-70° so I can play with stains to try and match colors.  Then I can cross another project off the list!  (And get my desk 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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