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Project by Chips posted 79 days ago 1335 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking back, I remember that my Grandmother gave each of us kids a desk upon entering the first grade. I wish now that I had continued that tradition. The desks were nothing special. Just an unpainted chest of drawers, with the top drawer letting down to create a writing surface. I think I can remember helping to assemble mine, though I might be remembering helping with one of my sister’s desk. I had three sisters, two younger than me.

Even though I probably told myself that since I was late with the desk, I was building something special. But the truth is I fell in love with the desk at Lonnie Birds wood working class when he showed us his desk with all of the locking secret compartments.

Hunting for plans I found Lonnie’s plan in a Fine Woodworking publication, and Glen Huey;s in a Popular Woodworking plan. Both plans had elements that I liked so I redrew them in Sketchup using the upper case from Glen’s and the interior from Lonnie’s.

I discovered during the build, that because I had never really worked from plans, it was hard to do. So a lot of changes went in during the build. There were a lot of steps that I worried about that went so smooth that I wondered what the worry was about, and some simple steps that went wrong because I thought they were simple.

All in all I am very proud of the largest project I have built to date.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi





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Picklehead

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#1 posted 79 days ago

Incredible piece of work! I bet that took you a few days, huh? Amazingly wide range of techniques must have been required. Instant heirloom.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Brit

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#2 posted 79 days ago

Outstanding work Chips.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 79 days ago

That’s a beautiful piece. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 79 days ago

WOW! That is one of the things I dream of making one day. You did an amazing job and thanks for sharing this

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 79 days ago

Beautiful and outstanding work. You have every right to be very proud of yourself on this project.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 79 days ago

Stunningly beautiful work. Instant heirloom.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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stefang

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#7 posted 79 days ago

A real beauty and amazing craftsmanship too Chips.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BTimmons

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#8 posted 79 days ago

You’ve got every right to be proud of that. Phenomenal work.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Oldtool

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#9 posted 79 days ago

Chips, that us one extremely beautiful piece of early American period furniture. Fantastic detail, excellent craftsmanship.
I know what you mean when you say you worried about some aspects of this build only to have things work out easily, and vice versa. Happens to me too, but when things come out good, it feels so satisfying.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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SCOTSMAN

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#10 posted 79 days ago

really very impressive. I love this desk. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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DonJ

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#11 posted 79 days ago

Beautiful job! I know what you mean in regards to the seeming impossible. I’m starting the Glen Huey version and can’t seem to get my head around the distance between the desk top surface and the starting of the angle cut on the side pieces…and also what that angle should be. Since it’s fresh in your mind, do you have any recommendations for me? Once again, very nicely done, indeed.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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kenn

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#12 posted 79 days ago

Well that’s impressive! Great job, you should be proud, thanks for sharing it with us. I’m thinking it is cherry but how did you finish it?

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Wood Studios

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#13 posted 79 days ago

A very beautiful and impressive piece of furniture. Clearly it is an heirloom and more importantly, one of a kind since you did some combining and changing of the plans. I would say the piece is priceless.

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short!!

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Gary

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Chips

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#15 posted 79 days ago

Thanks everyone for all the nice comments.

Kenn The finish is linseed oil mixed 50/50 with Tung oil for the first two coats, two more coats of Tung oil, and then 3 coats of wipe on polyurethane. The wood is cherry cut from a tree that wind blew over on a friends farm several years ago.

DonJ This is one of the places I made my biggest mistake. I did it by dimensions from the back and bottom. I’ll send you a PM with jpg of my side. Remember mine is a combo of Glen’s and Lonnie’s with my limited skill injected.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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