Writing desk

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Project by Viktor posted 2042 days ago 7146 views 69 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The desk is made of solid African padauk and maple. (Except for drawers’ bottom, which is plywood). Joints are through and half blind dovetails, mortise and tenon (breadboards), cross lap (legs). Drawer pulls mimic dovetails having the same cross section. The finish is 3 coats of wipe-on polyurethane. Legs can be detached for transportation. The design evolved as I was building it, so there are no plans and it looks very different from what I initially intended. This is my third large project, which took about 5 times longer to complete than I initially thought it would take.

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#1 posted 2042 days ago

looks very good….l like the mix of the 2 woods…..I thought I was the only one that took longer than they thought it would to do a project,..LOL

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#2 posted 2042 days ago

Very nice – I like it.

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#3 posted 2042 days ago

WOW! Beautiful!!! Excellent Design & craftsmanship!

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#4 posted 2042 days ago

Nice. Man that is crisp work. Good job. I like it.


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#5 posted 2042 days ago

It may have taken you longer than you expected, but it was worth it. It is amazing.

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#6 posted 2042 days ago

Very nice desk. The simple clean lines with exposed joinery can be very difficult to maintain. You did an excellent job of pulling this design off. The contrasting woods actually accuntuate the deceptive appearance of simplicity! Your true craftsmanship explodes with this piece. Very well done.

Ken McGinnis

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#7 posted 2042 days ago

Nice built and finish!

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#8 posted 2042 days ago

Very clean and as Steve said “CRISP”...this piece will inspire creativity. Thanks for sharing Blkcherry

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#9 posted 2042 days ago

I like this a lot. Beautiful form, materials and workmanship. Congratulations on a beautiful desk and welcome to LJs.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 2042 days ago

Great design, wood and craftsmanship, Wonderful!

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

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#11 posted 2042 days ago

Love the craftsmanship and design. Great job!

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#12 posted 2042 days ago

Great contemporary design and quality construction!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 2042 days ago

Beautifully done with great workmanship.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 2042 days ago

Excellent…simple…effective…usable…and the joinery is fine.

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#15 posted 2042 days ago

awesome….gorgeous design. such a simple look makes it look so elegant.
hope you don’t mind if i steal this idea in the future….wonderful.

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