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Executive Desk With Wireless Charging and Hidden Drawer

Executive Desk With Wireless Charging and Hidden Drawer


– The Wood Whisperer is
sponsored by Powermatic, and Titebond. You know, in the ideal
world I would spend everyday in the shop, but the reality
is, I spend about half of my time in the office,
editing video, answering e-mails, stuff like that. And unfortunately I tend
to be kind of messy, and my old desk didn’t
really give me much room to store the things
that I use all the time, like external drives, all of
my SD cards, or equipment. So this year I finally had
a chance to build myself a big ol’ desk, so I can sit
my big ol’ butt in this chair and work. But it’s got a lot of
technological features and details that I think
you’re really gonna like, let’s check it out. We’ll get this party
started, with the legs. The legs will get their final
shape later, but for now, we need to get them cut to size. Next we can work on the rails. The lower front rail has
a long continuous curve that gets interrupted by the legs, so I’ll take care to cut
those from a single board, accounting for the width of each leg. Thoughtful grain selection is something that will help set your
work apart from the rest. The remaining rails are then cut to size, and the bottom rails all receive a curve. For the panels, we’ll
use three quarter inch, cherry plywood. I want my panels to contrast
with the rest of the desk, but I don’t wanna use
something as drastic as maple, so I’m trying something
new to me, wood bleach. The bleach should help prevent some of the natural color change
that occurs in cherry, leaving the panels
slightly lighter in color. We’ll see how it pans out over time, but I think it’s gonna look super sweet. The panels of the desk, are essentially, faux, frame, and panel, so
the rails are just face glued in place. To accommodate a wire
gutter, we need cutouts in the two inside panels. The right pedestal,
receives a back and bottom. The back creates an open
space for cables and power, and the bottom panel
is spaced about an inch from the back panel, to
allow for additional airflow. The bottom panel is then
attached to the bottom rail. Now we can cut a few holes, for power, wire grommets, and a ventilation fan. Using a jig, I can drill
holes for adjustable shelves. To join the lengths to the
panel, I’ll use dominos. Ya know, I’ve made a lot
of mortise and tenon joints in my life, and sometimes
it’s just nice to do woodworking on easy mode. Here’s the right pedestal,
dry assembled, no glue yet. We can also cut mortises and
assemble the left pedestal, which features three drawers. So now let’s fancy up our legs. With a series of cuts at the
table-saw, the bulk is removed, and the rest of the work is
done by hand, at the bench. Because this thing would be
ridiculous to move as one piece, I’ll use knocked down hardware
to connect the center panel. I’ve been wanting to try
the Festool connectors, so this seemed like a
great project for it. These are incredibly
pricey, but if you already have a domino, and you
need knocked down hardware, it’s a really sturdy option. A much cheaper alternative is the standard cam-lock hardware that we’ve all seen in store bought furniture. So let’s make some drawers. Dove tails, and box joints are great, but sometimes it’s nice
to utilize a simple reinforced rabbit. The drawer bottom grove
is cut into all the parts, and the frame is then glued up. The bottom drawer is
actually a file drawer, so before gluing it together,
I’ll cut a few notches, for file hanger rails. Now we can drive the screws,
for extra reinforcement. The drawer bottom stock
is then cut to size, and installed in each drawer. The drawer sides I’m using are,
soft close undermount style. The instructions are pretty complicated, but once you wade through it all, the installation is actually pretty easy. On the drawer, we’ll use a
little jig to help pre-drill for the locking mechanisms. And now, for a quick test. Haza. The drawer fronts, can now be cut to size and attached to the drawer boxes. The oversized hole I drilled,
allows for slight adjustment of the drawer front, after installation. Just for funzies, I decided to integrate some sculpted pulls. The bulk is hollowed
out with a core box bit, for the finger area, and then
the front is roughly shaped, at the bandsaw. The final shape is
refined at the workbench. The idea here is to create
an illusion that the pull was carved out of the
drawer front, itself. So I’ll remove a strip of material from the top of the drawer front. And now the pull can be glued into place. What’s a big giant desk,
without a hidden drawer? Nothing, so we’ll make one. I’ll install a wide drawer
under the left pedestal. The key to the illusion is
using the bottom inside rail, as a false front, when it’s closed, it’s completely concealed. Now let’s work on a door. The parts are cut to size, and
then I can do a traditional loose mortise and tenon joint. I could use the domino
again, but in the guild I like to show multiple
ways to get things done. This simple shop-made jig, makes it easy to cut the mortises. The great thing about
loose mortise and tenons is that it’s pretty easy to
make perfect fitting tenons. Before gluing up the frame,
we can cut the rabbit for the glass. Now I’ll install a grid work of muntins, which is perhaps my favorite
word in woodworking. I’ll measure and cut the muntins, so that they crossover with half lives. Then I can drop the muntins in the frame, and mark the shoulders
for rabbits on the ends. Next I scribe the muntins,
into the frame’s rabbit, so that we can make some little notches to accept the muntins. The muntin grid is then glued into place. Muntin, muntin, muntin. To install the knife hinges,
I’ll actually use some CA glue to hold the hinge in place, while I scribe around the perimeter. Next I’ll route the bulk,
and cleanup the mortise with a chisel. Finally we can glue the
right pedestal together. Now that everything is assembled, we can test the fit of the door. The door needs a handle, so
I think a modified version of the drawer pull should look nice. To prevent the door from
swinging in too far, we can install a stop. A magnet helps keep the door closed. The desk panels will
receive decorative styles, with slight tapers. These are just glued and pinned in place. The front of the desk
gets two unique styles that make good use of sapwood. The wire gutter is pretty simple to make, and connects between the two pedestals. Now for the top, I’m actually
going to intentionally put sapwood into two of my joints. There are two types of
people in this world, those who enjoy the look of sapwood, and those who are wrong in the head. The top is then shaped with
an alcove on the user’s side, and a gentle curve on the front. (lighthearted guitar music) To allow wires to pass
through the desktop, I’ll route a little access hole. The lid, is cut to fit,
and features a little gap for the wires, with a
shape that mimics the top. I also bleached this piece
so that it matches up with the sapwood. Whenever designing furniture,
try to find tasteful ways to echo shapes and color
elements throughout the project, to make the piece more cohesive. Now I’ll locate and route the recess for my wireless charger. Installing it like this, allows it to be completely hidden, while also allowing easy replacement when the time comes. The top will be attached to
the base using shop-made clips. The domino does a great job
of making these mortises, but a biscuit joiner or
router would work as well. At the back of the top drawer, I’ll cut a hole for a power outlet. This one features USB, as
well as standard receptacles. The door requires a glass
pane, so I’ll cut it to size, and use my fancy glass
cutting mittens to break it. To hold the glass in place,
I’ll construct a little rabbited frame, that’ll be
screwed to the back of the door. For the finish, I’ll make
my own oil, wax blend. My mix is three cups of
polymerized Linseed oil, one tablespoon of beeswax, two
tablespoons of carnauba wax, and a bucket load of spag love. You can add more or less
wax, depending on the results you’re after, but the more wax you add, the harder it’s gonna
be to apply the material to the surface. The mixture is slowly
heated, and then added to a squeeze bottle for easy application. I’ll apply the finish using a buffing pad, on my random orbit sander. This allows me to spread
the finish quickly, while also driving a
thin layer of oil and wax into the grain. I can then, wipe off the excess. I’ll use the buffing pad anywhere I can, and then go manual for the tight spots. Just so you know, this is by no means, an incredibly durable
finish, it’s an all natural, old school finish that will likely require maintenance in the future. But on the plus side,
there are no harmful fumes, it’s incredibly easy to apply, and spot repairs can
be done in the future. Though, as the cherry
darkens, a spot repair can become an eye sore, but
this is no time for logic, let’s just enjoy the
cherry, coming to life. I applied a total of three
coats, with at least 24 hours between each one; oil
takes a long time to cure. Now I can install my electronics. And cut my file hanger bars,
and then move this beast into the office. Now if you want more
details on this build, you should definitely checkout
the Wood Whisperer Guild. I’ve got over 20 videos
on this project alone, showing you every detail
from top to bottom, as well as a full set of
plans, and a sketch up model, and of course I’m there
to help you along the way if you have trouble. And this year we’ve actually added a bunch of new instructors to the guild, and I think you’re gonna
be interested in the things that they’re building, and
the stuff that they can bring to the table as well. So be sure to check that
out, in the meantime, I’ve got very important
things to do today. (bouncy electronic music)

Comments (100)

  1. Ron Swanson would be proud

  2. I wish I had the money for the equipment because I'd love to learn woodworking and do stuff like this.

  3. how many inches You have in this monitor ?

  4. Easy mode. Funny. I see nothing easy here.

  5. I want to make this desk when I get my own house but I’ll add a few extras since I do most of my automotive electrical work inside like a plug on top with a slight lip and strip lighting to light up what I’m doing

  6. Work? More like play WoW Alliance scum…. Yeah, I see that coaster…. πŸ™‚ #forthehorde #justplayin #goodwoodwork

  7. After watching half of this, I realized that I know nothing about wood working.

  8. Beautiful desk and then ruined it with a Mac… so sad….

  9. Just awesome man!!

  10. Nice Video! Greetings from Germany

  11. Those drawers are amazing.

  12. Question about the wireless charger. How does the thickness of the wood effect the charging?

  13. At first I thought: "Meh…. a desk… this should get boring fast…." Boy was I wrong. I love every singl aspect of that build.The hidden drawer, the seamless drawer pulls, the curved legs, the glass door… everything. Simply said: Awesome! Oh and Muntins…. Best Regards from Germany, Daniel

  14. Best wood working video I have ever seen!!! Any chance you have the plans for sale for the desk?

  15. Need to get that lowbie warlock up man lol.

  16. I want to work for you when I retire!

  17. Very nice desk!!! I was wondering about the stop on your drill bit where us that fromm

  18. I love your work, but it saddens my soul to see that you are Alliance. FOR THE HORDE!!!

  19. For the Alliance!!!!

  20. What kind of countersink bit does he use anyone know?

  21. Fun to watch , very instructive and quality craftmanship

  22. Awesome desk and cool tattoo!

  23. Beyond outstanding. You are a tenth degree master craftsman! When I feel something is at the point of zenith, I have a homemade word I use. Wonderbar!!

  24. Can you please make a video on wood bleaching

  25. Damn dude you used some quality wood on this thing…. great work.

  26. You really are the Wood Whisperer. The desk looks amazing.

  27. Just wow… Great job, man!

  28. That is one hell of a sweet desk! πŸ˜€
    subbing now! πŸ˜€

  29. Someone willing to admit to playing WoW?!?!?

  30. Another outstanding build.. Keeping us motivated!

  31. Love this!!! After I retired from military service I decided I wanted to get into wood working. I've purchased a few tools. And… yeah, that's kind of all I have done. I'm looking to build myself a nice executive desk, and a few bookcases/hutches, but with much simpler technics than you used here. Love what you've done here, it looks amazing and I'll bet it will last a few lifetimes.

  32. Wonderful job. Did you build the stuff behind you as well?

  33. That's a beautiful job

  34. Awesome! Love the hidden organization of cords. Do you have a photo of how the cables look coming from the desk to the wall outlet?

  35. Great looking desk! I like your channel name too. "The Wewd Whisperer"

  36. I think Babinga is better than muntin πŸ™‚

  37. Where did u learn your woodworking skills. R u self taught? Seems like u might have some schooling but what do I know. I'm a new watcher.

  38. Stunning work! Love it.

  39. I want make a computer desk using 3 or 4 sheets of 4'x8' plywood, 2 nice looking sheets for top / bottom, 1 or 2 sheets of average for between. But I'm not sure what to do for the legs, I like the idea of cabinets, but I don't think I have the experience or tools necessary to make them myself… I was wondering if you had any ideas for leg designs that look good, but are not too skill intensive to craft. I like the idea of the integrated, hidden phone charger, but what thickness would the charger work through? Also, I need a flush mount USB charger strip, having difficulty finding one that isn't likely to be a wired one, as I am not an electrician, I don't want to delve into wiring.

    Thank you for the video.

  40. Marc, are you using Incra's Miter Express or the Miter 5000?

  41. Drawer pulls were pretty cool!

  42. Wow, really nice piece of furniture.

  43. What the heck is wrong with the natural color change that occurs in Cherry?!? πŸ™

  44. Proper craftsman but …. 😱😱😱😱😱😱 Flathead screws????😱😱😱

  45. Hi Marc, I really enjoyed the video. Especially the tasty little morsel of the sculpted drawer/door pull. Will you share the size of box core router bit you used? Or are you gonna MUNTIN me, and leave me uninformed? Thanks again

  46. "People that enjoy sap wood and those who are wrong in the head." That's funny.. I wont say I'm right in the head but I do love some sap wood.. If your ever in Richfield area again hit is up.. drive safe back from California..

  47. Awesome work, I one day hope to be as good as you. That ending too! I just logged off for the night and finished with this video hah.

  48. really nice desk and good job and how much will it cost if i order a desk from you

  49. no tour at the end? must not have turned out that great

  50. I’m just gonna go out on a limb here and say you’ve done this once or twice.

  51. In the Guild?…is there something you are not telling us?

  52. Beatyful how long si it take you to make it?

  53. I would of used varnish..screw the beezwax

  54. how can i like the video twice ?

  55. Did he just say β€œfunsies”………?

  56. IKEA has similar table

  57. What an awesome piece of woodwork! Is there a name for that grid you added to the cabinet door?

    Cheers!

  58. Very Impressive! I just have to say: β€œMuntin!” πŸ™‚

  59. So that's what a quality desk looks like crafted by a master!

  60. Beautiful work 😎😍🀩

  61. ha ha ha and those who is wrong in the head … thinking I agree

  62. Can this be made out of oak or pine?

  63. which software you use to design the desk?

  64. Awesome project..Muntin.. I hadn't seen before..you have truly awesome skills..and I think most of us learned a new word, and some great techniques that we'd love to try, even knowing they won't quite turn out like that. loved seeing the use of hand tools!

  65. just subscribed because this video

  66. Gorgeous desk! The custom pulls are amazing, I might try them for the desk I'm working on. And the secret drawer, definitely a must!

  67. If you need a desk and dont want to spend 600 pounds on the materials needed for this, and another 400 pounds for the wood and machine rentals.. and lots of headaches, sweat and tears and wondering WTF you just got yourself into.. Just go to IKEA. F that hidden drawer!

  68. Are you ready for WoW Classic?

  69. Beautiful work, love the hidden secret draw.

  70. How is the cost?

  71. XClent job, I pity the fool who doesn't like sapwood.

  72. Nice!!
    P.S. wife says you should keep the beard πŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  73. The word is new to me. Thanks for MUNTIN.

  74. Really nice desk build. Enjoyed watching your video. Way beyond my skill level.

  75. Watching this video while eating a sandwich is the only way to fly unless you are "wrong in the head".

  76. Very well done Sir nice & clean work πŸ™‚

  77. woodworking at a totally different level… I am jealous of your talent

  78. Did you say Huzzah!? Ain't heard that since medieval times when I paid a guy to pedal my table saw

  79. you make it look tooooo easy

  80. How much did you recess the charger so it will still work. Awesome job. I wish I had your skills but I slowly learning.

  81. Ay! Colorado Pride! Hell ya πŸ˜€

  82. subbed! love your work, and you play WoW, awesome!

  83. I love your protective hand gearπŸ‘

  84. You don't need a hidden drawer. Marijuana is legal in Colorado.

  85. Absolutely beautiful job.

  86. Awesome work i like it

  87. What would be the cost of buying a desk built like this. just a rough estimate???

  88. Hello. I have few teak wood cupboards which are. Like 10feet tall. Some of them are damaged. And it's very difficult to use the complete 10feet. Do you have any suggestions. Could you give some ideas on converting them. ? Would be great if you could give your contact details.

  89. What an amazing build. Cheers!

  90. I want to begin woodworking. I want to build a desk with a hutch and a few bookcases for my home office. I want it to look a lot like what you did here, but simplified so a beginner can tackle it. I have a keen sense of attention to detail so if I have a great guide, I should be able to accomplish what I have in mind. I also have a lot of tools that have never been used. I do not have a chop saw but I do have a table saw that has only been used twice.

  91. Wow! Gorgeous piece. The finish is NICE!

  92. Hi! Is that Sketch Up the software that you are using?

  93. can you give me details and measurement of this desk i want to make this kind of desk …..for my pc

  94. This is so beautiful.

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