|Project by Lee A. Jesberger||posted 07-05-2007 02:39 AM||4319 views||17 times favorited||44 comments|
After having built an interior for a home office, our client decided to have us design a desk for him. It had to fit into a small area, and allow both him and his wife to work at it together. It also had to fit the design motif of the room. The desk can be used as a one or two person desk, by stiiting either on the sides, or at the end.
Photo one is the completed desk, still in the shop.
Photo two shows the construction details.
Photo three shows test fitting the legs along with the stainless steel parts. They were turned from solid cylinders of stainless, and are quite heavy.
What we came up with is a curved, (on all four sides), desk. It fit nicely in the space, and since we used the same materials, it matched the existing furniture. After fighting over the price, we changed the design a little, which lowered the price somewhat. The final cost of the desk was $ 12,000.00
The main frame work is Mahogany, the veneered legs are Quilted Makore, with stainless steel top and bottom pieces. The writting surfaces are Black absolute granite.
We started with a full sized mock up, or model of the completed desk, which we left in the final spot for the finished desk. This allowed the client to decide if it would serve the purpose.
The legs are attached to the desk with 3/8” all thread, which travels from the top of the desk, thru the threaded stainless steel top piece, thru the hollow legs, and finally to the threaded bottom stainless steel foot. The bottom of the foot piece is recessed on the bottom and permits a leg leveler to be screwed in to the point of being invisable, should it not be needed.
We supplied a template to the granite company, who cut the pieces perfectly on the first attempt. They fit so well, I had to drill holes beneath them so they would allow the air to escape. Otherwise, they wouldn’t sit down. We also installed a method of raising any corner of the granite, using a screwdriver from the bottom of the desk, just in case the floor wasn’t level, and caused the granite to sit poorly.
The finish is pre cat lacquer.
The client visited the shop when the desk was completed. His comment was if he saw the desk first, he would have epected to pay about $ 50,000.00 for it.
I guess I should have built it first, and then given him a price.
All in all, a very fun project.