This picture shows the well used plane that I purchased when Judy’s parents left the farm and retired.
I am using this number 7 plane to joint the boards that form the top. Normally, you would use a power joiner, but I don’t have one at the moment. So, the old fashioned way of doing that was to get a longer plane, like Dad’s and to use it to produce straight boards. The other part of the trick, is to plane to boards side by side so that they glue up without gaps between them. That is happening in this picture, and it why that plane sits there so steady, but you cannot see the second board.
Here is the top mostly glued together. The overall dimensions will be 60 inches by 32 inches. I am not sure yet that I am happy with it, because it is exactly 3/4 inch thick and I really wanted something thicker. 3/4 will bow and warp if I don’t do it right. So,
I might change and cut these boards up for smaller panels that I will need later. The board laying across the top is to be ripped and added to the ends in what is called a breadboard. That helps keep the longer pieces from warping and splitting.
Here are the legs all cut out and the piece of wood that I am using for the front.
There will be a low profile 12 inch wide drawer on the left which you can see being proportioned in the next photo.
Since I am doing my own plan, I took the pieces and laid them out so that I could get an idea of how the proportion was going to look. The desk will have a drawer on the one side, and I will sit under the rest of the desk length.
I decided that the general size for the drawer would be 12 inches wide and maintain a low profile.
I have cut out and shaped the front piece under which the person sits in the next photo. The Greene and Green style requires a lot of hand work, and I found it helped to use small planes and a lot of work with files. You can see the jig saw in the background, and a bunch of files. Since the piece has an arch, there was a limit to what I could do with a plane smoothing plane.
I like the ‘cloud lift’ that was used in the most popular of the Greene and Greene pieces and architecture. It works very well for me on this desk since I have a long leg and it is sometimes difficult to sit under some desks and still have the chair up to the full height. The arch that represents the cloud lift is ideal to give me a little extra room for my legs.
I found that this very small plane was very helpful on this arch work. Originally Stanley sold these as toys for tool sets for boys. I discovered that it helped me get into small spots and take off wood quickly so that I did not have to use my files quite as much.
I mostly work an hour or two a day on this project and several hours on the weekends. My daughter Jodi and spouse Tyler want to build a crib too, so there will be some competition for space and time once we start on that project.