|Project by Grantman||posted 05-21-2014 05:15 PM||2341 views||15 times favorited||34 comments|
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.