Shaker Writing Desk

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 2118 days ago 3854 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a my twist on a Christian Vandervoort designed shaker writing desk. Most of this desk was made from one 8/4 piece of cherry 8 in. wide x 8’ long. I used hard maple for the drawer guides & kickers and walnut for the drawer sides. The finish is Behlen’s cherry aniline dye mixed with shellac for coloring topped off with 12 coats of Minwax wipe on poly. I sanded between coats starting with 320 grit and worked up to 1000 grit for the last two coats. Final finish was rubbed out with Behlen’s Rottenstone and then buffed with McQuire’s automotive cleaner, polish and carnuba wax. I learned a lot on this project. The dye and shellac was a real tester in that you have to be really quick and precise when rubbing it on. I actually ended up sanding back down to bare wood twice before getting it right.

I should have taken more pics during construction, but here’s a few of what I do have.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 2118 days ago

Gotta love that Shaker furniture!!!!! Beautiful job and thanks for the post!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 2118 days ago

Ditto what John said!

To me, there is no more beautiful work that the simplicity of the Shakers.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 2118 days ago

it seems line this piece is really missing something…hmmm….ummm…i think its lacking some matching pens for the top…ahhahahhaaaaaaaa….

Hey—-great job…beautiful work…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 2118 days ago

Man, breathtaking. I could work cherry from now on and never get tired of it. Great job, Carl!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#5 posted 2118 days ago

Great job, great effort and great table.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 2118 days ago

What a great job. All your work on finishing really paid off. That is a classic piece of furniture!

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#7 posted 2118 days ago

That’s darn nice.

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#8 posted 2118 days ago

Really sweet. Thanks for the extra pictures, I learned something.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 2118 days ago

beautiful! great craftmanship.

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#10 posted 2117 days ago

Beautiful piece. The finish on the top looks awesome!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 2117 days ago

Well you would certainly get my WOW comments on this table versus your pens !! The wood grain and finish are remarkable on this sweet table : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 2117 days ago

Pretty work there Carl and you get a #l rateing on this piece. I like making shaker furniture, so simple and usefull.


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#13 posted 2117 days ago

Thanks people…...your great comments make all the hard work worthwhile! I would like to make a correction however. The piece I copied the design from was by Christian Becksvoort not Vandervoort. He’s a contributor to FWW Magazine. Thanks again and God Bless!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#14 posted 2116 days ago

A truly brilliant piece of work. I’ve had my eye on that design (I think it’s in the Moser) for a long time, but we’d have nowhere to put it if I made it. You’ve obviously put a lot of thought into selecting and laying out the timber: the bookmatching and the grain flow across the front look beautiful. The time on the finish has been well spent. Congrats.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#15 posted 2113 days ago

Very nice!!! Very rich looking piece of furniture.

-- Dennis Zongker

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