Arts and Crafts Desk

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Project by AstroGuy posted 09-13-2014 09:55 PM 1291 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally finished this Arts and Crafts style desk for my son who is now in the sixth grade. I didn’t quite get this completed for the first day of school but not too late…. Now he won’t have to do his homework on the floor or the kitchen island.

This desk is made from quarter sawn white oak and is finished with an oil-based stain followed by multiple coats of pre-catalyzed water based finish. The secondary wood is maple.

My son is quite a science fan so I customized it by inlaying a DNA molecule into the front of the drawer. This was made as a marquetry piece and then inset directly into the drawer front. The drawer front is not veneered. The feet on the desk are carved although there is some fragile short grain there so we will have to see how they hold up. I decided to do something other than dovetails for the drawer and used a rabbit with flushed dowels for visual interest.

The hardware pull for the drawer finally arrived, and I added a picture at the end showing this.

Thanks for looking!

-- Richard

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 01:35 AM

What a terrific gift for your son. I am sure it will be passed down through the generations. Beautiful work.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 05:32 AM

Beautiful work and an excellent gift nice!

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 06:40 AM

Beautiful desk! excellent work.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 01:26 AM

A favorite for sure. Very nice

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 03:26 AM

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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