Mini slant-top desk

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 01-28-2009 10:18 PM 4984 views 15 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The mini slant-top desk completed on Nov. 06, 2002, was completely conceived, drawn and hand carved by me according to my personal interpretation of the Portuguese style “Dom Jose I” (Baroque/Rococo styles). It was entirely made of solid Rio-Rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra) salvaged from a demolished rural larder and bought in 1997. The actual trees had been felled a century before. The available pieces were quite irregular in shape and size (some like scraps) as well as they were harmed by cracks and hollows (as it is inherent to that species). The wood seemed to be vitrified so hard it was. I carved a low relief on a thin “tambu” (Aspidosperma olivaceum) board representing a mounted knight that was attached to the slant-top face. The pair of bronze handles attached to the sides had been bought in an antique shop in 1989. The finishing was done with a personally prepared wax (carnauba, bee’s wax, turpentine, etc.). Only hand tools were used except for the large board sawing. The finishing was done with a personally prepared wax (carnauba, bee’s wax, turpentine, etc.). The total time for completion (almost 5 years) includes many interruption gaps (months).
Dimensions: 36” high x 25” wide x 17” deep

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 01-28-2009 10:32 PM

Wow! Definitely museum quality. I love it.

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#2 posted 01-28-2009 10:48 PM

Its unbelievable somebody still can make something so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#3 posted 01-28-2009 11:22 PM

Another magnificent display of craftsmanship!

I sure wish someone would tear something down in my neighborhood that was made of lumber like this!

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

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#4 posted 01-28-2009 11:32 PM

“WOW” Incredible piece of art!!!Very Rich looking & beautiful. Excellent cratsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 01-28-2009 11:38 PM

I can’t get enough of this. Absolutely stunning. I am in awe.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-28-2009 11:42 PM

Just beautiful, what more can you say!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 01-28-2009 11:44 PM

thank you for showing all of us what is really possible with time and effort…beautiful and useful furniture.

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

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Tom Goodman

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#8 posted 01-28-2009 11:59 PM

This is more than great craftsmanship, This is an absolutely Beautiful piece of art as is the other pieces that I’ve seen of yours. True heirlooms that you can be past down for generations. I cant wait to see your other works of art. I will be adding you to favorites and my buddy list so I wont miss anything else you post.
Thank You

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#9 posted 01-29-2009 12:03 AM

Great piece!!!You do fabulous work!!!!

-- Scott NM,

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#10 posted 01-29-2009 12:06 AM

great combo of craftsmanship and materials. Each really brings out the best in the other.

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#11 posted 01-29-2009 12:07 AM

Like your other posted project this leaves me wordless ( something seldom done) this is somewhere beyond magnificent.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#12 posted 01-29-2009 12:25 AM

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#13 posted 01-29-2009 12:56 AM

what is the light coloured panel on the fron the design and workmanship is beautiful thanks for showing Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 01-29-2009 12:57 AM


If that thing was located in an upscale furniture store the attached price tag amount would be about equal to that of a good car.

Great work.

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#15 posted 01-29-2009 12:57 AM

Beautiful job! I love the carving.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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