Once the desktop glueup was finished I laminated the surface with Formica as a work surface. I then added a beveled front edge to the desktop made out of oak. I had encountered a beveled edge like this once on an early graphics display workstation from the mid 1970's that I always thought was a nice edge for a computing desk. I added a strip of oak at both ends for cosmetics. In this image the mortises have already been cut in the desktop surface where the upper pieces attach. Once the primary mill work was done I sanded everything to get rid of the pencil lines I used for the layout work and clean up the surfaces. As I worked on all of the pieces I kept the panels for each separate module in piles with a printout of each module showing the numbered parts. This made it time for the moment of truth - does this stuff really fit together? I took on the task using mostly the tenons and some of the connector assemblies to test it all out: It was a big relief to actually see all of this stuff fit together after several weeks of prep work. This opened the door to finish the pieces. I used a very light cut of Super Blonde Shellac to seal the wood and then followed with semi gloss water borne urethane. It's hard to find enough flat spaces to finish all of the panels. Once the panels were done I used the same finishing techniques for the desktop: Once the finishing work was done I started the task of dismantling my old office space and prepping the room for the new desk. The next installment will cover the results.