Frame and Panel Desk

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Project by Mauricio posted 08-29-2015 09:55 PM 1495 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first big commission job. Made for some good friends of ours. The next great American novel will be written on this desk! ;-)

This is probably the most complex project I’ve made so far. Took me about 6mo to finish it.

Mortise and Tenons join the pine frame and panels. solid wood web frames joined with stub tenons.

The top is made from knotty alder and has breadboard ends drawbored on.

The drawers are 1/2” birch plywood finger jointed together.

The antique look of the paint is achieved by putting on one layer of paint, sanding through the corners and then rubbing down with dark briwax. I lay down a thick coat of wax and then wipe off most of it with mineral spirits.

....Just a lot of parts and steps which took a lot of time….

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with the way it came out and our friends loved it to.

I need to do a couple of easy projects after this one. :-)

Thanks for looking!


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#1 posted 08-29-2015 10:21 PM

Well done Mauricio. Looks like it should last a long time.

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#2 posted 08-29-2015 10:56 PM

Really nice work sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 08-29-2015 11:33 PM

Wow! That is a real achievement and should last a few generations. Looks terrific.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 12:07 AM

Like it!

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#5 posted 08-30-2015 12:57 AM

Nice Desk.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 12:59 AM

Beautiful piece. I love how the distressed look of the base combines with the new look of the top. Like you had refurbished a very old desk! Great job, no wonder they liked it so much.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 08-30-2015 01:20 AM

Well done, Mauricio! Commission was definitely earned.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#8 posted 08-30-2015 01:22 AM

Slate blue looks good against the alder


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#9 posted 08-30-2015 05:51 AM

Awesome desk. I like this blue colour!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 08-30-2015 03:40 PM

Really nice work. I like the mix of paint and natural wood finish.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 08-30-2015 06:38 PM

Looks great.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#12 posted 08-31-2015 12:22 AM

Atta boy. That thing is sweet.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 08-31-2015 12:31 AM

thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting! much appreciated.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 08-31-2015 01:05 AM

Mauricio, I love the desk! the color is great with your top.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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