Arts and Crafts Style Desk

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This is a desk that I just completed as part of an office suite. This is my own design, base on the Arts and Crafts style. My client doesn’t care for the bold flake pattern of Quarter Sawn white oak, so I built this from rift sawn white oak, mainly to keep the stability of straight grained lumber, without the flake. The panels are veneer over mdf, using the titebond/iron on method. Finish is oil and varnish.

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#1 posted 05-21-2009 04:10 PM

Very Nice!

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 04:11 PM

Sweet! I really like your design. The rift grain looks very rich. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 04:45 PM

That sure would look good in my office.

-- Greg Leighty

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#4 posted 05-21-2009 04:55 PM

Sweet looking desk.

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#5 posted 05-21-2009 05:02 PM

Great looking desk….nice job!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 05-21-2009 05:09 PM

This is a real beauty. I’d love to see more photos.

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

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#7 posted 05-21-2009 05:17 PM

Classic! I’m with Charlie….do you have additional photos to share?

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#8 posted 05-21-2009 05:20 PM

Great looking design. Rift sawn white oak works very well in this style.
Thanks for posting it.


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#9 posted 05-21-2009 05:21 PM

Looks like you did an excellant job! I too would like to see more photos, (and some close ups).

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 05-21-2009 05:22 PM

This is a cool desk looks good

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 05-21-2009 05:39 PM

Looks great.

How was it with the glue and iron veneering? I’ve heard about it, does it go on pretty easily?

-- Kate,

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#12 posted 05-21-2009 05:43 PM

Tim. A great looking desk. Nice job. What all are you putting in the suite?

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

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#13 posted 05-21-2009 06:21 PM

Thanks everyone. I’m afraid this was the only photo. My wife snapped it right before we loaded it up. Karson, the other pieces are a corner computer work station, which got completely away without a photo, and I’m working on a book case/printer station right now.
Kate, ironing on the veneer works great, especially if you don’t have access to a vacuum press, or veneer press.
I’ll try to post a blog sometime for the how to’s of the procedure.

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#14 posted 05-21-2009 06:24 PM

nice bnut please tell me since you mentioned it about the titebond iron on venners system thanks Alistair

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

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#15 posted 05-21-2009 07:20 PM

Excellent work. I have seen very few applications without quartersawn oak, and your’s looks terrific. Lots of mortises. How did you do them? I have a habit of mentally disassembling furniture anytime I look at it, and I always try to figure out the joinery. Too much New Yankee Workshop, I think. I was trying to figure out how many mortises you had to cut.

Great finish on a terrific piece of furniture.

-- Mark, Florida,

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