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Project by toolfooldan posted 01-03-2015 01:22 AM 1865 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Desk and chair made of QS white oak. Innards of desk also QS white oak. Design of desk is a combination of several I researched, and added a few characteristics (aprons, for example, are an “I” beam construction) of my own. Corbels are beefy and functional to resist racking.

The chair is more or less (or, for better or worse) my own design. I wanted shorty arms and tall back, and didn’t want to make the base. So I started from scratch on that piece.

The tree motif is an idea I “borrowed” from the back cover of an issue of Fine Woodworking from several years ago. The craftsman engraved intertwined trees in small turned vessels. It was too cool to forget.

One regret (there are too many to list and don’t want to fill up the Internet) is that I didn’t think through the finishing in advance. I completed the chair first using a mission brown stain. For the desk I decided I didn’t want that. So I ended up fuming it with the high strength ammonia. I really like the results of that much more than any stain. The pieces don’t match in color but that’s ok with me.

With the exception of milling the lumber and using a Dremel for the tree carving, all work done with hand tools.





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R_Stad

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 01:40 AM

Fine work all around. Design, carvings, proportions all very well done. Chair came out sweet.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 01:55 AM

Wow, that is a handsome desk. The chair makes it a perfect set. Love the carvings!

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

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Ryan

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 06:54 AM

Wooo !!!
Nice, Neat, handsome, cool, clean, good !!!

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Scott Oldre

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 11:53 AM

Like the clean lines and the subtle tree motif. Very function meets form from my view. You’ll enjoy using if for years to come no doubt. Thanks for sharing.

Scott

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 03:47 PM

What an awesome set, I love the look of QS oak it takes me back to grandpas desk. Great design and build thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 04:01 PM

Very very nice super workmanship.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Chris McDowell

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 06:52 PM

Wow, great job!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Lenny

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#8 posted 01-03-2015 09:25 PM

Superb craftsmanship and a great looking end product(s). Kudos.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 01-03-2015 10:05 PM

Beautiful work! What are the overall dimensions? How did you learn to do the engraving?

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AandCstyle

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#10 posted 01-04-2015 12:31 AM

Superlative! The tree design really makes this a one of a kind piece. I may need to “borrow” that on a project some day. I also like the I beam aprons. Very well done and thank you for sharing.

-- Art

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TysonK

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#11 posted 01-04-2015 04:45 AM

This is really beautiful work, the high back chair is very classy, great design.

Two questions, I for one would be interested in hearing what some of your other “regrets” are. Also, did you re-purpose another chair for the casters, or buy those specifically for this chair?

-- -- Tyson

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toolfooldan

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#12 posted 01-04-2015 05:58 PM


Beautiful work! What are the overall dimensions? How did you learn to do the engraving?

- Topapilot


Thanks Topapilot. The table top is roughly 62”x29. The chair back is 40”.

The inspiration for the carving can be found on the back cover of Fine Woodworking Jul/Aug 2011, issue 220. Credit belongs to Steven Kenard, a true craftsman.

The engraving was learned thru trial tests. I used the 3 Dremel bits shown in the 6th photo. The smallest was used to outline the trees, then the largest was used to plunge about randomly. I used a depth stop during this step and changed the depth frequently, up or down, depending on my mood at the moment. This process left little “stalagmites” everywhere. Lastly I free-handed the mid and smallest bits on the stalagmites. The result is a random textured pattern.

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toolfooldan

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#13 posted 01-04-2015 06:29 PM



This is really beautiful work, the high back chair is very classy, great design.

Two questions, I for one would be interested in hearing what some of your other “regrets” are. Also, did you re-purpose another chair for the casters, or buy those specifically for this chair?

- TysonK

Thanks Tyson. The aluminum chair base and casters were purchased online, I believe from chairpartsonline.com.

Regrets…..the biggest one is buyers regret. I regret having purchased the QSWO sight unseen from an east coast purveyor of hardwoods that claimed to be an expert on QSWO. I purchased several hundred board feet of 8/4 and 6/4, enough for this desk and chair, and for a yet to build bookcase and file cabinet. I paid a premium price for this material (not to mention the freight to get it to TX) expecting premium product. The 6/4 is loaded with knots—big structurally unsound knots, and cracks sometimes extending 18” or more from the end. Further, even though I let the material air dry for at least 18 months (I’m in central TX where humidity is not a problem), pieces were constantly bowing after face jointing, adding insult to financial injury. The table top was a nightmare. Honestly I think the seller unloaded second class material onto me. My bad, lesson learned.

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ohwoodeye

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#14 posted 01-05-2015 07:01 PM

The desk is outstanding in all aspects.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Mean_Dean

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#15 posted 01-06-2015 12:57 AM

Well, despite your issues with the lumber, this desk and chair set turned out beautifully!

I really like the desk, and I love the chair!

-- Dean

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