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Building a Walnut Desk with Half Blind Dovetail Drawers

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Project by DarbinOrvar posted 07-03-2015 04:13 AM 1508 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build a nice desk / table for my shop that I would use to tinker with electronics and play on. After working on it for some time now, it’s finally finished.

Design

The design of the desk features four drawers – two on each side. I didn’t want two very deep drawers, so it made more sense to make four, especially since I’m not planning on keeping the desk against the wall. In that sense, it’s more of a table / desk that’s meant to be located in the middle of a room so you can have access to it from all sides.

Wood
In terms of wood, I used roughsawn walnut for the base and the drawers, and roughsawn mahogany for the top. The frame is constructed using dowels, and for the drawers I decided to go with half blind dovetails.

Finish

It has a hand rubbed wipe-on polyurethane finish, with a final coat of tung oil wax.

I created two videos for this project on my YouTube channel.

The first video goes over planing the wood by hand, building the base and the the top:


View on YouTube

The second video goes over building the halfblind dovetailed drawers & finishing the whole desk:


View on YouTube

Please check out the videos for a more in-depth look of the process of building this handcrafted walnut desk.

-- http://youtube.com/darbinorvar





12 comments so far

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 12:07 PM

Very nice looking desk clean lines and strongly built! Thanks for sharing! I bet you get a lot of use from it in the shop.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 01:11 PM

nice looking

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#3 posted 07-03-2015 02:06 PM

Good job on the desk and the videos!

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#4 posted 07-03-2015 05:50 PM

Wellcome to LJ!

Nice table. Looks like it will last for a lot of tinkering..
Great videos as well. Informative and nicely produced. Do i hear an Swedish accent?

Thanks for sharing

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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DarbinOrvar

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#5 posted 07-03-2015 05:52 PM

Thanks Jim!


Very nice looking desk clean lines and strongly built! Thanks for sharing! I bet you get a lot of use from it in the shop.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- http://youtube.com/darbinorvar

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#6 posted 07-03-2015 05:52 PM

Thanks!


nice looking

- david38


-- http://youtube.com/darbinorvar

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#7 posted 07-03-2015 05:53 PM

Thanks for watching!


Good job on the desk and the videos!

- observer100


-- http://youtube.com/darbinorvar

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DarbinOrvar

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#8 posted 07-03-2015 05:54 PM

Thanks, I’m from Sweden, now living in Oregon!


Wellcome to LJ!

Nice table. Looks like it will last for a lot of tinkering..
Great videos as well. Informative and nicely produced. Do i hear an Swedish accent?

Thanks for sharing

- kaerlighedsbamsen


-- http://youtube.com/darbinorvar

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#9 posted 07-03-2015 07:57 PM

Hmm thought so. Keep up the good work!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#10 posted 07-03-2015 10:41 PM

Gorgeous Project! Just Subscribed To Your YouTube Channel!! What An Inspiration You Are!!! Thanks For Sharing!!!!

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#11 posted 07-05-2015 12:58 AM

Don’t you just love some walnut?!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#12 posted 08-07-2015 09:46 PM

Beautiful desk.

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