First commision, floating desk, reclaimed lumber

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Project by Jens posted 01-31-2009 06:23 PM 7445 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was contacted a few weeks ago, by my friend, the creative director at our church, who asked me if I would want to build him a desk. This is the first time I have been commissioned to build furniture, I was/am stoked on it. The lumber for the top cam from the walls in our basement that used to keep the coal sequestered, drawer fronts from an old oak barn board, faceframes from the runners of a ten foot long pallet I picked up, drawer boxes from some oak pulled out of one of my houses, the front lip is an old stud from our house. I still have to add pulls to the drawers, and wax all of it.

The carvings, and inlays didn’t turn out as nice as I would have liked, but still pretty good. Inlays were placed to take care of some open knots in the top. It ended up with breadboard ends, when I realized that the boards were too short for the space. This, of course, wasn’t until after gluing them up, and planing them! The carving on the front is Hebrew, and says, “God is my salvation”, in Hebrew “Hashem (the name, as they don’t write God) Yeshua”.

I had some fun with hand tools on this project. I tried to cut through dovetails in the drawers, but my skills, and tools, just weren’t up to it, so the drawers became narrower and got the cocobolo peg joinery. Those aren’t stub plugs, but 3 ” long pegs, tapered slightly, and glued in place. When it cam time to clean up, and surface the top (after glue up), I got out my belt sander. Then I realized how few belts I had, and how long it would take. I remembered the $6 Harbor Freight bench plane I bought years ago, honed the iron, and it did an awesome job! I can only imagine the joy of planing with a well built plane. Finished it off with the cabinet scraper (I love that thing).

All in all, turned out well. I didn’t make much money on it, but wanted to make it something extra special, for a special friend, and now he can keep it, and pass it on to his new baby boy!

-- Search out the Kavanah in occupation, acheive peace in life.

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 07:30 PM

looks great.. congrats on your first

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 11:12 PM

Looks very cool…great job

-- 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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#3 posted 02-01-2009 03:25 AM

That is gorgeous!

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#4 posted 05-20-2009 12:42 AM

Very nice desk, good writing too.

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#5 posted 05-20-2009 12:46 AM

That’s great your first commission congrats

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 06:28 PM

this is WONDERFUL. Not only does it look beautiful but the story behind it is well … beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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