Closer detail of the drawer, with the round over on the top of the desk and the dovetail drawer box
Desk is finally done! Mounted it to the wall with an aluminum cleat made for hanging cabinets.
Groove cut in the drawer boxes to accept the bottoms
Dovetails in the drawer boxes. Ready for glue up.
The poplar ripped down and cut to size for the drawer boxes, ready for the dovetail jig.
Te walnut drawer fronts glued up.
The poplar all glued up.
I’m using poplar for the secondary wood on this desk, the desk bottom and drawer boxes Pine would be the typical choice, but poplar is harder, not much more expensive and I like it for the exact reasons that most would only use it for applications where it would be painted. I really like the color variation, you can have blonde, very dark brown and green tones all in one board. As I will only be putting a clear finish on this desk and no stain I went with the poplar for all the different tones. Here you can see the boards ready for glue up which will eventually be the bottom of the desk.