My Wife's New Desk

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Project by Grantman posted 92 days ago 2040 views 15 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been promising my wife to build her a new desk for years. Last summer, her sister told her she had to have a demilune element for the edge of her desk based on a hall table we have. I was stumped. After Thanksgiving I was watching The Highland Woodworker and Charles was interviewing Gary Rogowski and scrolling through his portfolio. He had a neat table and I paused the video calling for my wife to take a look and see if that was what she (or rather her sister) was thinking of for the edge treatment. Not only did she say ‘yes,’ she also said she liked the whole table and that’s what I should make for her. Design problem solved.

Wanting to give Gary the courtesy of asking his permission to replicate his table, I wrote to him and he graciously complied.

The table is cherry with ebony inlay. The top is 1 1/4” thick, the legs are 2” square (made from 10/4 stock), and the rest of the elements are all 1” thick. I overbuilt the frame just because I wanted to see if I could do sliding dovetails…and I did. I’ll update the post when I get a picture of the frame.

I have four coats of Waterlox on the top and three on the frame with some dark brown paste wax on top of that. I think I should have used my Micro Mesh pads to really smooth out the Waterlox but I can always do that later. The only negative was that it had a ‘new finish’ smell and it took about a month for it to fully off-gas. Waterlox had said to bring it outside and let it sit in the sun for an afternoon. Too heavy for one person and my son was away at college so it went unused for a while. But it’s fine, now.

Overall, I am very happy with the result and my comfort level with inlays, my 62 low angle jack, and tightness of my mortises and tenons. I think I jumped up another notch in the caliber of my work.

UPDATE: I added three more shots showing the frame under the desktop. Yes, it’s overbuilt but I wanted to try sliding dovetails instead of mortise/tenons for the cross pieces. The long stretchers are tenoned into the aprons so I had to cut two tenons in the support columns to go around the stretcher mortise. Let’s just say how much I love my router plane and how much it contributed to the piece.

Thanks to all for the very kind and supportive words. They’re greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 92 days ago

This is a very cool desk I like the design particularly the rounded ends and inlay great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 92 days ago

That’s some seriously gorgeous work. The design looks great and the inlay really takes it to another level.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 92 days ago

Very nice! I really like the curves on the ends.

-- Chris K

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Randy Sharp

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#4 posted 92 days ago

A very beautiful table! The proportions look great. Your wife must be very proud of you…and she should be! Great job!!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#5 posted 92 days ago

Very nice! I like the curved ends as well.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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David White

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#6 posted 92 days ago

Very good job – well done. You really nailed it.


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#7 posted 92 days ago

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 92 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#9 posted 92 days ago

Beautiful desk. I love the inlay and finish.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#10 posted 92 days ago

” I think I jumped up another notch in the caliber of my work.”

I think the caliber of your work is EXCELLENT!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 92 days ago

Very impressive. You should be beaming with pride over this one.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#12 posted 92 days ago

Lovely desk. The inlays are wonderful.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#13 posted 92 days ago

Well done. I love it.
Lovely caliber you have.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 92 days ago

I love the level of detail and various design elements.
Great work.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 92 days ago

The caliber of your work looks pretty notched up to me! Great looking desk—I’ll bet your wife is thrilled with it!

-- Dean

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