Writing desk

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Project by Viktor posted 01-15-2009 01:08 PM 8973 views 79 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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Todd Thomas

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#1 posted 01-15-2009 01:55 PM

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 01-15-2009 02:41 PM

Very nice – I like it.

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Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 01-15-2009 03:02 PM

WOW! Beautiful!!! Excellent Design & craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 01-15-2009 03:17 PM

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


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Chris Flynn

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#5 posted 01-15-2009 04:49 PM

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

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#6 posted 01-15-2009 05:05 PM

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 01-15-2009 05:30 PM

Nice built and finish!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-15-2009 05:35 PM

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

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#9 posted 01-15-2009 05:50 PM

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 01-15-2009 05:56 PM

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 01-15-2009 07:03 PM

Love the craftsmanship and design. Great job!

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#12 posted 01-15-2009 07:38 PM

Great contemporary design and quality construction!

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

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#13 posted 01-15-2009 07:43 PM

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 01-15-2009 09:30 PM

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

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#15 posted 01-15-2009 10:30 PM

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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