Slant Top Desk

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Project by GaryK posted 06-25-2007 09:42 PM 7192 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this in two stages, First the bottom half. It is solid mahogany with the sides being 21 inch wide boards which I was lucky to find. The drawer faces are solid 8/4 cut and finished to the shape in the pictures. Since the odd shapes prevented me from using a router, I ended up grinding a bead detail into a piece of steep and used that to scrape the bead around the drawers by hand. All the small drawers and door are all hand carved.

The top half was made about a year later. It’s also solid mahogany. The doors were made following an article in a Fine Woodworking magazine. I cut each piece of glass by hand which turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. The top molding is off the shelf.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 06-25-2007 09:55 PM

Wow, impressive Gary, how many hours went into it? Love the drawer fronts.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 06-25-2007 10:00 PM

Thanks. I would say that I spent about 6 months of evenings and weekends.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Bob Babcock

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#3 posted 06-25-2007 10:18 PM

Beautiful Gary. We have an antique that looks almost identical to this. My wife’s uncle left it to her. A classic that is very functional. She actually uses it to display and store china.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 06-25-2007 10:25 PM

Thanks Bob. I based it on a Governor Winthorp Secetary in the book “Hierloom Furniture by Franklin Gottshall copyright 1957”.

The book had ball claw feet, but I started but didn’t have the time to finish them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 06-25-2007 10:46 PM

Beautiful work, impressive!

-- Don, on California's Central Coast

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#6 posted 06-26-2007 12:40 AM

Gary, your standard of craftsmanship is very high. This is such a beautiful piece.

I just checked out your profile to see if I could learn any more about your woodworking background. It didn’t tell me much. Have you taken any formal training or serve a cabinet making apprenticeship?

Gary, since I don’t want to miss anything you post, I’ve added you to my Buddies list.

Thanks for sharing these pieces.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 06-26-2007 12:41 AM

Another great piece of furniture.

-- 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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#8 posted 06-26-2007 12:58 AM

Gary, You are good! Wow ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 06-26-2007 03:41 AM

This is “master craftsman” stuff you’re posting here.

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

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#10 posted 06-26-2007 05:25 AM

Thanks for all the comments.

Don – No formal training, self taught starting about 10 years ago. Every project I have posted so far was made in my 2 car garage in California before I moved to Texas. Being an engineer by trade probably didn’t hurt.
That Highboy dresser was the first peice of furniture I ever made. Just made small nick nacks before that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 06-26-2007 05:30 PM

wow…even more impressive (all your work) considering you are self taught!!! I love the inventiveness and craftmanship…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 06-26-2007 05:49 PM

Jeez, Gary. That’s a terrific piece. I love to work with mahogany.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 06-27-2007 07:52 AM

for being self taught I’d say you are very intelligent and intuitive to be able to make art like this. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 06-28-2007 06:00 AM

Everybody has pretty much covered my thoughts, Gary. Perhaps I could add ‘ingenious’ with regard to your technique and troubleshooting (to overcome not using a router). Thanks for your contributions to this community.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#15 posted 06-28-2007 06:05 PM

Beautiful! Just a work of art! I admire your craftsmanship!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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