First try of Masterpiece

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Project by Luckystriker posted 03-16-2015 02:41 PM 1706 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi i’m Johannes from Germany, this is my first post here.

This was my first try to build my masterpiece. A desk made of smoked eucalyptus and birchwood with oil finish und selfmade mechanics.
It didn’t pass because the drawers didn’t slip like expected^^

-- Hoch die Tischlerzunft!

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 04:41 PM

Very nice work. The color of the wood is fantastic.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 04:41 PM

What a beautiful desk. not sure what you mean about it “didn’t pass”

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 11:39 PM

it passes in my eyes..stunning desk. welcome to lumberjocks

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 11:40 PM

Very nice piece. The wood and finish are great. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 11:50 PM

Excellent dove tails, and the fit and finish is outstanding.
The drawer mechanism looked very complex and I’m sure with some tweaking they can be made smoother.

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#6 posted 03-17-2015 12:33 AM

Hi Johannes, and Welcome to LJ’s,
What a beautiful desk, your craftsmanship really shows in this piece.
Your wood choices are a piece of magic how the blend and compliment each other.
The box joints (also known as finger joints) are a perfect fit and a real touch of class.
Wax up those drawer slides and enjoy this wonderful heirloom.
From where I sit, you should be very proud of your fine desk, I think it is a pass (A+) for sure.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 03-17-2015 01:44 AM

Stunning. I like the exposed joinery and the drawers (including the awesome hardware). Very nicely done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 03-17-2015 12:07 PM

Thank you so much for your reviews

I think i have to explain the ‘pass thing’
In Germany we have to ‘learn’ Carpenter as a ‘Lehrling’(apprentice) for three years in a woodshop with a master.
Then we have the ‘Gesellenpr├╝fung’, a kind of final test of the three years of learning and exercising that makes us a (journeyman?) Carpenter. After that we have the possibility to become ‘Meister’, the master grade.
To become Master we have do another tests including leading a woodshop, instructor, marketing and the Meisterpr├╝fungs-projekt (Master-Exam-Project). This is a fictional customers order. This project includes calculation and arrangement of the customer’s order, building the Masterpiece within 3 weeks, recalculating the Project after its completion.

It didn’t pass because it became too expensive and the drawers didn’t work as expected, so i had to do a new project after passing the other tests. I’m going to post this one too

-- Hoch die Tischlerzunft!

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#9 posted 03-17-2015 12:41 PM

i thought about to give it some normal slides under the drawers to unload the sliders on the side, because they are doing it on their own and the drawers are huge, measuring 750mmx540mmx160mm made of 20mm birchwood. The rollers are turned of bronze (80 of them)

The joinery is not sawn, its glued… out of 144 sticks. At first i made the single panels with offset to simply connect them. One side has burst 5 times when connecting. It took about 3 days planning with a jointer plane.

-- Hoch die Tischlerzunft!

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#10 posted 03-17-2015 01:18 PM

That’s a nice design and beautifully done. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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