[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 Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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