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A Trip to Compton Lumber

This past weekend I made a trip to Compton Lumber to pick up the few materials I needed for Brian’s Computer Desk. Wifey went along and took some pictures, and I thought I’d share them. Compton is in downtown Seattle and their service (and prices) beat the other guys.


Compton has been in business for a very long time, and the same family is running the business. Sorry about the shadow on the sign.



Here I am, ready to go in with my sample from the customer.



You don’t realize this is back behind the little building you enter, but this huge warehouse of wood is tucked off to the side.



At the racks of the S4S material.



Here I am looking at some very nice figure in some pieces, which you can’t see unfortunately. Dreaming of a bigger truck and a bigger shop.



S4S to the left, rough stock to the right, sheet goods towards the back. There is another aisle that has more building material type inventory, and an elevated shop area.



All this wood wanted to go home with me that day, but I just couldn’t take it.



You pick a sheet, they show you both sides. Here I am checking the underside.



Here I am checking the top.  Plain sliced on one side, and rotary sliced on the other. I only needed a half sheet, so it was off to be cut.



They have a nice section of woods specifically for woodworkers, non-domestic and exotics. Check out the wide Padouk board that was begging for a ride home.

Brian’s White Oak Computer Desk

In mid August I wrote about a nice little job I picked up from Bing. Brian needs a new bridge to go between the two shelf hutches on his computer desk, here’s an update.

Brian’s Original Computer Desk

First, let’s take a look at Brian’s original desk that he had custom made a few years back. Brian does high end photography so he has lots of computer equipment: battery backups, high end printers (to the left, hidden in this picture), software, extra hard drives and most importantly a high end color calibrated monitor. Well, Brian is upgrading his monitor and wants his hutch modified to accommodate it. See that shelf above the monitor in the picture below? I’m making him a wider one.

Bakke Computer Desk

Materials and Suppliers

For this project, I used white oak plywood from Compton Lumber (my favorite local source), and white oak solids for the edge trim, matching our oak doors. I decided not to buy the iron on white oak trim even though I’ve had great results with the solid wood variety from Freud. I cut strips and applied them by hand, then handplaned them flush with the case. The finish on this is Minwax Wipe-On Satin Poly. It’s an easy to use product and Fine Woodworking gave it a good review as well. So after more hours than I estimated, the case is sanded and the first coat of poly is on. This turned out really square, I took my time with the cuts, sneaking up on just the right settings, and I used the Beastmaster to cut the panels.


In this picture you can see the new bridge between the towers. This is essentially a strong box used as a shelf and to hold the towers together.

Glue Cleanup

Quick question? Do you know what sucks more than cleaning up glue squeeze out from inside corners? Two things: forgetting the blue tape trick so that you don’t have any cleanup, and not cleaning it up all the way and having it effect the finish. The picture below shows those inside corners and a bit of the solid edge banding I glued onto the case.


Plain sliced vs. Rotary sliced

One side of the plywood was plain sliced, the other rotary. Can you tell which is which? Pretty easy huh. That rotary sliced side is going to be hidden so that’s why it is on the outside.


All that is left now is to wait, lightly sand, and apply another coat of finish.

Brian’s Computer Desk: Another little job – thanks to Bing

Over the weekend I got an email from a potential customer. I do this part time and have only done it for awhile, so I’ve only done a few jobs. I have plenty of projects in my backlog from family, friends, and co-workers that I need to get to, but this job was different.

Brian (the customer) had done an Internet search on Bing and found me. That’s pretty cool, and I’m glad I did the work to get listed on Bing local search and Google local search.

The job is simple enough. Brian has a computer desk made of a white oak veneer. On top of that desk are two towers with the best gaming motherboards, and they are joined in the middle by a set of shelves. Those shelves support the monitor, books, and other supplies. Brian does custom photo work, and has high end equipment. He’s upgrading his monitor and needs new shelves that join the two towers on either side of the monitor.

So I’m going to get this done for him as soon as I can get the materials. My local supplier – Redmond Hardwood Supply – has moved, and they were closed Saturday when I stopped by.

This will be a great project and hopefully when Brian needs that computer desk replaced with a new custom desk, he’ll think of me. I’ll be posting plans and progress as this project gets rolling.