Brigadier Desk

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Project by tenontim posted 07-27-2009 12:49 AM 2363 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another desk I just finished. Designed and built it for a retired Air Force Officer, thus the name. I used quite a bit of Asian influence in the design. The corner joinery is from Korean furniture that I’ve seen in my journeys and the stretcher is based on the Japanese torii. It still maintains some of the Arts & Crafts influence, with the through mortise and tenon joinery and bread board ends. The piece is made from riff sawn white oak and dyed with a combination of oak and dark oak aniline dye. Finish is hand rubbed oil and varnish followed by dark wax. I was amazed at how closely the color of this piece matches my Morris chair, with the ammonia fumed finish. And I didn’t have to wear a respirator to do it. I’ll try to get the pictures of the companion piece (computer desk) posted tomorrow.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 12:59 AM

Tim A great looking design . Nice job on the construction.

-- 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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#2 posted 07-27-2009 01:05 AM

Very nice design and finish. Can’t wait to see the next piece.

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 01:10 AM

Great desk. Simple but elegant. I love the finish.


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#4 posted 07-27-2009 01:21 AM

Looks amazing !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 02:40 AM

Great looking desk. First, when I saw the photo without reading your description, it was an Asian taste project, but not Japanese one. I wanna see more pics from different angles.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 02:48 AM

looks great

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 07-27-2009 03:04 AM

Beautiful design and build. I really like the way all the elements works together and the finish is fabulous.

-- John @

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#8 posted 07-27-2009 03:07 AM

tim, the concave shaped bottom line of the stretcher does a lot to provide “character” to the piece. a curve on the bottom of a piece is what harvey ellis is said to have added to gustav stickley designs. with the exposed tenons, this piece is a give-away as arts and crafts inspired

-- Raymond McInnis Washington State

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#9 posted 07-27-2009 01:27 PM

Superb craftsmanship! I feel that a project is it`s best when
it`s designed by the builder.
Thanks for posting it.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 03:41 PM

Hi Tim;

This piece is beautiful! Great workmanship and design.

And the finish… oooh the finish. It’s perfect!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-28-2009 02:56 AM

Tim, Wonderful work. Looking forward to seeing the other piece.

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