Maple Writing Desk

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Project by MrHudon posted 1796 days ago 1918 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of months before Christmas last year my daughter (who lives in a different State)sent me a link to a picture of a desk she really liked asking what I thought and if it was a good price. I’ve since lost the link, but the desk had a modern flair to it and it was somewhere around $2300. My first reaction was what are you nuts? You don’t have that kind of money and I personally didn’t like the style so I didn’t have much to say about it. Through a series of e-mail exchanges turned out that was her way of asking me to build her a writing desk in “the style that I build” as she put it and maybe I could give it to her for Christmas. I gave her a bunch of excuses why I couldn’t build it for her and the next day went to into the shop and measured the Maple I had left over from another project. Lucky me or should I say lucky her, I had more then enough 4/4 stock for the desk pictured. Not having anything thick enough for the legs I did buy tapered legs and planed them down a bit to make them thinner. It is all Maple with a little bit of birds eye on the front. The finish is thinned and dyed shellac and a couple of coats of wipe on poly.
It was ready for Christmas, she was surprised and she cherishes it.
Anybody else wants one it will be $2300 : )

-- Mark,

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#1 posted 1796 days ago

very nice…im sure she loves it..and i would like five of them..:)>

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#2 posted 1796 days ago

Looks super Mark Your daughter will always cherish your gift

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#3 posted 1796 days ago

Really handsome!

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#4 posted 1796 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s! Nice Table! I like it’s simple elegance…
I checked out your Website…You do beautiful work!!
Hey, your name, I gotta ask, went to school with a guy with that name, here in Manchester, NH. Could it be…?!

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#5 posted 1796 days ago

It came out beautiful.

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#6 posted 1796 days ago

I love the simple clean lines. very nice.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 1796 days ago

it seems like a lot of our best work is done this way .
you got to share with her and she saved some money .
this will be in the family for a long time .
great work !

welcome to LJ’S .

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#8 posted 1795 days ago

Really very very nice work.

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#9 posted 1795 days ago

Nice, I like it. Simple and elegant.

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#10 posted 1795 days ago

Very nice. Simple clean lines. Great job

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#11 posted 1795 days ago

Beautiful wood, great looking table.

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