edited Dec 20th, 2011... This "non-project" is located in the Modding Section instead of the Project Log Section because it started out as an experiment in methods and materials. The Mid Century Modern theme to it was just a backdrop to keep the work interesting to myself. During construction I posted progress photos on a furniture forum to solicit feedback. Next thing you know, several major tech blogs posted articles about my unfinished work. The project blew up on reddit and in the mainstream media. I decided to complete the project as a "true project" but never made any effort to have the thread moved to the Project Log Section. Maybe because of demographics, Mid Century Madness is generally not very popular in the moddiing community. It has been a huge success for me in the general populace and especially in the design community and among Mad Men TV show fans. Chicks dig it. It still generates massive amounts of traffic daily to my website and has introduced many to existence of our hobby. I am immensely proud of the fact that Mid Century Madness was featured in Engadget, Gizmodo and Boing Boing before it was even finished and appeared on those sites once again after it was completed. It even appeared unfinished on the front page of BT. Final Photos: ************************************************* Project log: What I'm doing here in this thread is trying out new materials, finishes and methods to see how they work. It does however have a theme because it's just mo' fun that way. A blogger over at Core77 challenged me to do something in the mid century modern style. MCM is all about vast expanses of wooden surfaces and that works well with my experimentations. I did some research and came up with this early-Sixties Danish-designed desk that I liked a lot. The floating table top was a common design during the period. Slender legs and an overall airiness were typical of the period. The television show Mad Men has made MCM very popular and the front mounted built-in bar cabinet reminds me of the show. This "non-project" will be built around a Silverstone TJ08. It is a steel case that fits micro-ATX motherboards. I have no intention to spend money on computer components for this rig. My design will have no provisions for optical drives, USB ports, ventilation ports or anything else that supports imaginary installed equipment. I will however design it so these things can be easily backfit if required. The vent system will be custom built to whatever ends up inside...if anything. My intention is to purchase all the materials at my local DIY. For me, that means Lowe's. I start off with 1/2" x 2" x 24" red oak boards that will be formed into the legs. Here is a stock board next to one that I have rough-cut into a taper. I make the taper by adjusting my table saw fence...nah, I'm just kidding. I make the taper by carving off the excess material with a razor knife. The final shape is made by clamping all four legs together and running them across taped-down 60-grit sandpaper. Result of efforts. The lengths will be trimmed when I figure out what looks right. The legs have a slightly curved edge and since I don't have a router I found an acceptable profile in the mouth of this spanner. By running the spanner along the length of the leg I am able to control my hand sanding effort. The idea is to maintain a consistency across all four pieces. I bought a sheet of 1/4" red oak plywood and cut two side panels. I cut my panels by using various handsaws and time. The top and bottom panels are cut from 3/8" birch plywood that I had lying around. The additional thickness aids structural support by providing a greater gluing surface area. Actual gluing operation. Glue, clamp, wait, repeat. For the bottom panel I decided to provide even more support by installing 1/2" quarter-round pine moulding. Some hand-mitred pieces to complete the front and back. This bottom section will be painted. I found some 12" width red oak veneer sheets at the store. They are installed by using a hot iron to activate the pre-applied glue. Skeptical but with open mind I decided to try it. I placed a sheet of non-stick aluminum foil across the veneer in order to protect the wife's iron. I'm not even believing I'm posting this photo. Would this be considered a power tool? The cotten setting produces 400 degrees F and I just made sure I concentrated my ironing efforts on the edges. I have to wait 24 hours for the glue to set before trimming up the edges. I remain skeptical. I will be using a Danish oil to finish this piece. My concern is the possible reaction the adhesive has with the oil-based finish. We'll see. Checking the look. The legs will be trimmed but by how much? There is a fine line between "airy" and "spindly". Thanks for looking.