2 person desk. 7’9″‘ long by 30″ deep. Live edge Cedar plank. 2 desktop computer cases built into base cabinet.
The largest drawers were made with box-joints. Mostly just for appearance. Smaller drawers were made using a simple rabbeted joint. This adds some more gluing face and strength but the biggest advantage is how easy they are to clamp in a way that is also self-aligning and stays square during glue-up. The front drawers were built as separate cabinets from the shelves seen in back. If I ever needed to use these drawers under a standard depth desk I could do so without that extra depth. A view of the clean live-edge in front and also some epoxy in the cracks and knots. I’ve found that when making drawer boxes intended to last a “life-time” it’s important to use quality drawer slides. They cost a few dollars more per drawer but 10 years from now when they are still working like new it will feel like money well spent. These cabinets would be probably be fine without the horizontal support since quality cabinet-grade plywood was used but having that one support above the larger bottom drawer guarantees that the sides will never bow out even if kids choose to sit on the desk. The bottom drawer is sized just large enough to accept hanging files and can serve as a file-cabinet drawer if needed. Desk top was made from 3 slabs of harvested Cedar. They were first cleaned up through a thickness planer. Dowels were used between each joint to help maintain alignment during glue-up. The straightest and cleanest live edge was saved for the front. A clear epoxy was mixed with small amounts of charcoal grey and red tints. Epoxy was poured into all defects, knots, and cracks for the purpose of leaving a flat smooth writing surface. The three different slabs were trimmed and oriented in a manner that allowed for the most grain and color matching possible at each joint line.