Helen's desk

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Project by HenryH posted 2029 days ago 2048 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my teenage Daughter. She wanted to challenge me to make her desk without any straight lines. (I love a straight line.) I mostly succeeded.
The top is solid Walnut made from one 11’ air dried board. It was cross cut and the back piece slid up next to the front piece. Ebony butterflies for both show and to strengthen some heavy checks. BLO and Poly blend for a finish.
The three knots plus the big knot hole did not bother her. She thought it made it special. The mushrooms are Purple Heart added at her request.
Overall I think the piece works perfectly for what and who it was designed for. The Air dried walnut has a rich color and the knots and crotch figure give the desk great character. Overall I’m very pleased with it.

-- HenryH - PA

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#1 posted 2029 days ago

And you should be.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 2029 days ago

Very nice I particularily like the black Dutchmen what are the red design is it hearts how did you make them presumably as you did with the dutchmen but the design I’d like to know what was behind it regards Alistair

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

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#3 posted 2029 days ago

An interesting table. That is beautiful wood, nicely done.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 2029 days ago

Very nice. Did you make the chair too?

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#5 posted 2029 days ago

Very cool… !!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 2029 days ago

Mission accomplished. No straight edges.

Ops. The legs are straight. Does that count.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2029 days ago

Fantastic Piece!

Love the arched aprons under the top. Beautiful chair, too!

Good Luck in the contest.


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

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#8 posted 2029 days ago

Beautifully done. It looks to be quite sturdy and yet not take up too much room. The knot hole looks to be a good place to put a waste basket underneath. Very cool. She’ll enjoy this for many, many years.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 2028 days ago

Scotsman, The red inlay are two different designs of mushrooms. They are made of Purpleheart.
Whats behind it is just a teenage girl’s obsession with mushrooms. She drew the design and I made a template and used a collar and router.
Now I do the inaly freehand with router and chisel. See my dining table.

-- HenryH - PA

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#10 posted 2028 days ago

Yeah I made the chair too. Its a little heavy in design but it looks pretty cool.

-- HenryH - PA

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#11 posted 2028 days ago

Very nice table, I also really like the chair.

-- Jason

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#12 posted 2028 days ago

really cool

-- making sawdust....

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#13 posted 2028 days ago

Nice! Definitely a one-of-a-kind. The knot hole could be a pencil holder. I also like the chair.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#14 posted 1590 days ago

Presumably not the first time you’ve been challenged by the little ones? Fantastic, ornate piece. She will talk about this piece decades from now. Nice work.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#15 posted 1354 days ago

Great job, thanks for sharing!

-- Fred, Georgia

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