Progress Update: Desk Drawer

I’m currently working on a drawer for a desk that I designed. The drawer is made out of hardwood and MDF, and my goal is to create a functional and beautiful piece of furniture that will fit seamlessly into the desk. In this update, I’ll be talking about the progress that I’ve made since my last report.

Sourcing Materials:

For this project, I had to find hardwood and MDF that would work well together and fit within my budget. I spent several days researching different suppliers and comparing prices. Ultimately, I was able to find a supply of scrap material at a woodshop on campus that had everything that I needed. Unfortunately, I did not capture any photos of the materials, but I was able to find some really nice mahogany hardboards and some quarter inch MDF. While the process was time-consuming, I’m happy with the quality of the materials that I received, especially for the price.

3D Model:

Once I had my materials, I started working on a 3D model of the drawer using Fusion 360. This tool allowed me to visualize the design in 3D, finalize my measurements, and make any necessary changes before starting the construction process. Using the software, I was able to experiment with different shapes and sizes until I found a design that I was happy with.

Next steps – Construction:

With the 3D model in hand, I am ready to start the construction process. I will begin by cutting the hardwood and MDF to the appropriate sizes and shapes. From there, I will assemble the pieces using wood glue.


Overall, I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made on this project. Sourcing materials was a bit of a challenge, but I’m pleased with the quality of the materials that I received. The 3D mock-up was incredibly helpful in visualizing the design and making any necessary changes before beginning construction.

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  • Reed Beidleman
    April 30, 2023 8:59 pm

    Really cool project and excellent design! I like that the front panel is tilted slightly as it give the whole design more interest. I’m curious if you are going to need additional joint methods other than just wood glue. Maybe small framing nails or even screws? Excited to see how this turns out!

  • Alexander Hernacki
    April 30, 2023 8:27 pm

    I appreciate the use of an aesthetically accurate CAD model in your design process. I’m curious what your target aesthetic was and if you feel you have achieved it with this design?


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