A Little Recycling

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Project by shipwright posted 109 days ago 1246 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the first projects I posted here was a desk that I built for my office. It featured some router marquetry representations of my sailboat. Then last year I re-made the doors using more advanced marquetry. At that time there were some who were worried that I might throw out the old doors but I assured them that I would find a place for them. They have been sitting in the shop ever since.

Last year also saw the replacement of our old arborite (formica) countertops in the kitchen with some very nice granite and of course the old tops joined the old doors in the shop awaiting a project. This is that project.

It is a little marquetry bench/desk that will be a great place to sit and do small work, especially glueing, because the glue will clean up very easily off the arborite surface. The drawers on the left side include four marquetry shelves and three storage drawers for marquetry related paraphernalia. The drawer in the foot-well area is for small tools and drawing stuff.

The upper cabinet has two shelves behind the doors and one exposed expressly for keeping my veneer tape dispenser handy but not in the way. It sports a lovely finish of arborite on all outside surfaces to match the desk top.

Desk height is fitted to my shop stool, one of the best things I ever made for the shop.

Thanks for looking.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 109 days ago

Nice and clean as is your work space. Like the drawer pulls. Old is new!

Wabi Sabi!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 109 days ago

This is fantastic Paul. We all need a spot like this for brain-storming, and what ever else comes to mind. I like how organized you are besides your expertise at marquetry.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 109 days ago

Paul, Even your recycled projects are a thing of beauty! Love the doors!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 109 days ago

It must be very handy having those drawers so close at hand when your doing your marquetry. Very nice project Paul. And I see your never to far from the water cooler:)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 109 days ago

I like your desk setup. Most of all the pulls on the drawers. Then there is the wooden brackets for the shelf. Also the trim detail on the windows is pleasant. Than my favorite is the door with the portal window, excellent!!!! The recycled doors are beautiful. After seeing your stool with that wonderful seat upholstered. Now I know what my stools are lacking, comfort!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#6 posted 109 days ago

Nice project Paul! Appropriately placed by the water cooler for those office “water-cooler conversations”...although it’s not like your in an office…hehe

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#7 posted 109 days ago

Sorry Michael the seat isn’t upholstered. It is comfortable though. It is turned in a sort of mushroom cap shape and as it is Garry Oak with lots of tannins it is ebonized with ferrous ion solution. I can see how it could look upholstered though.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 109 days ago

Great way to re purpose good material!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 108 days ago

Nice job Paul. That water fountain keeps me intrigued!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#10 posted 108 days ago

I love it Paul. I have a spot in my shop in front of a window that I have always wanted to build just such a workspace. This inspires me. Right now, I have all my veneer & marquetry stuff spread out on a table that I need for other work. I’ve been is a cabinet building mode for our house lately and am now inspired to move forward on this project too. I made a deal with myself long ago to balance between working IN the shop and On the shop. Perfect use for “recycled” materials and thanks for the inspiration.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 108 days ago

Great marquetry center Paul and I too like the ‘Friendship’ doors. I really liked those tray drawers a lot. I’ve been thinking about making some marquetry trays myself, but I haven’t been sure where to put them. Your idea of integrating them with your desk looks very convenient to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 108 days ago

Nice shop!!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#13 posted 108 days ago

it looks so nice and clean, i love those upper doors, regardless of whether its your skills from the beginning or now, your work is so pleasing to me, have you gotten friendship in the water..i bet that day is always a day that brings smiles…have a great day paul.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 108 days ago

Waste not, want not. Nice use of the materials Paul.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 106 days ago

great use of the doors…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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