Walnut desk valet

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Project by zombeerose posted 02-26-2009 04:37 AM 1661 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this desk valet to help organize my devices and keep the cords hidden.

The sides are finger-jointed and pinned together. This was my first attempt at a greene & greene style, which was fun to do. The lids are book-matched maple with some figure that I tried to enhance with dye. However, I was not pleased with the result so I decided to stick with shellac. Like always, pictures don’t do justice to the figure.

The pins at the joints, handle, and small lid supports are all purple heart. The leather wraps a piece of mdf with an inset curve on each edge to allow a hidden area for the cords to squeeze by.

The finish is a coat of shellac, a coat of general finishes seal-a-cell, and a couple coats of general finishes arm-r-seal. I finished it off with some wax.

Completed 2-09

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#1 posted 02-26-2009 04:57 AM

Looks nice, great wood , cool details, nice lines. Great job.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 05:04 AM

Very nice work.

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

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#3 posted 02-26-2009 05:52 AM

Interesting design…. well done!

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

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 09:23 PM

Very unique. Does the leather writing surface have the rough side out?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-02-2009 04:22 AM

Yup – the rough side of the leather is exposed. I wanted a little “traction” for the devices that are sitting on it.

Thanks for all the comments :D

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 05:53 AM

Nice job, I like the handle design on the lids. I made a similar one…

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