Katie's desk

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Project by kenn posted 1765 days ago 1442 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this shaker influence desk for my eldest daughter, Katie. It took me two years to complete and was a true labor of love. It is curly cherry, with hard maple drawer sides and I finished it with spray laquer. The drawers are handcut dovetails and the top is book matched (I got a new bandsaw, a Laguana 18”, to be able to cut the 12” wide board for this project). I cut the drawer fronts from one piece of wood. It took me a long time to make because I had to learn how to cut the dovetails which involved making alot of dovetailed birdhouse and a shaker step stool. Since I have Multiple Sclerosis, I do not get as much done in a work session as many other people so everything takes longer. This is as clean as this desk gets now as she uses it and loves it. Thanks for looking at my pride and joy.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 1765 days ago

Congratulations on overcoming your infirmities. Beautiful job on the table.

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

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#2 posted 1765 days ago

Wonderful desk and great achievement well done

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1765 days ago


What a gorgeous desk. The simplistic beauty of the Shaker style is stunning.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 1764 days ago


One word.. AWESOME!

Nicely done Sir.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 1764 days ago

Hi Kenn

Great looking desk! You did a beautiful job on it. I am sure your daughter loved it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 1764 days ago

Very classy piece!

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

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#7 posted 1764 days ago

Very nice…

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#8 posted 1764 days ago

Gorgeous, you have made your daughter proud. Something she will always treasure and so will other generations. I was told once to write some on the bottom kinda mushy to your daughter, I made mine a hope chest, it was a great idea. I’m glad I did, we both had a good cry. I too have back problems that limits my time in the shop, and it took me a year to make her hope chest.

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

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#9 posted 1764 days ago

Beautiful desk. I’ve been wanting to build one like this recently. This should give some good inspiration as to what a nicely built desk should look like at the end.

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#10 posted 1764 days ago

Hi Kenn

Very clean lines and a beautifull finished piece you should be very proud and i bet your daughter loved it

Thanks for sharing


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#11 posted 1764 days ago

Sir Kenn,

Quite an awesome thing—excellent execution!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#12 posted 1763 days ago

Sir Kenn,

It’s a Beauty!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#13 posted 1763 days ago

Sir Kenn,

Congratulations on making a beautiful piece. The cherry is awesome and I love the design. Thanks for posting it!



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#14 posted 1706 days ago

Thats a beautiful desk, I know your daughter will enjoy it.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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