Oak Desk

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Project by David posted 1826 days ago 1558 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made about 10 months ago – my 5th furniture project. The oak is from Home Depot. This was made before I bought my table saw. First experimentation with drawers and hand cut dovetails…... Decided to use steel dowels instead of wood (going for a bit of an industrial look), which didn’t turn out that good. The legs could have been a bit thicker too. At this point I still didn’t know how to properly attached the top to the base, so instead of using fasteners I routed a grove into the top and glued it on…...which was a lot of extra work. It hasn’t warped yet, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens when the moisture evaporates during winter. Hand cut mortise and tenons on all the joints. Finished with 1/3 tung oil, 1/3 poly and 1/3 varnish and then 2 coats of paste wax.

-- dcutter

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#1 posted 1826 days ago

hey David this is one fine desk very well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1826 days ago|3439364935

Just a few of hundreds of ways to attach a top without glueing it into place. It looks great at this point . With any luck the glue will fail instead of the boards : ) Keep up the good work !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 1826 days ago

I like the design, and the steel rods for the industrial look, maybe if the rods were like a brushed finish it might have been better. The drawers look really nice and being narrow they go good with the legs. Very nice.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 1826 days ago

Beautiful desk. Very clean looking. You must be very proud.

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 1826 days ago

Great looking desk. Nice work.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 1825 days ago

Beautiful desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 1825 days ago

Nice job! Good looking desk

-- Marty Ohio

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#8 posted 1825 days ago

Nice. Very clean design.

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

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#9 posted 1825 days ago

Very nice indeed! The finish on the top looks real elegant.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#10 posted 1825 days ago

The hand cut dovetails look nice. I will be doing my first ones soon. I hope they turn out as good as yours. Nice desk.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 1825 days ago

I agree with Harley—the finish is spectacular. Well done!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#12 posted 1825 days ago

I agree with the above comment about the brushed look. I use copper piping in a lot of the projects I do. I sand the pipes long ways with 100 grit, and then polish them up with Brasso. You can finish them too with some spray on lacquer. You might not be able to remove the bars at this point so the spray might be a little further than you want to go, but I think the sanding and polishing would indeed dress it up quite a bit. Its a good looking desk in any case.

-- James

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#13 posted 1680 days ago

Nice desk! You glued all those boards together? Whoa. The metal parts look fine, at least on the pics—I’d say it’s elegant! Like someone said, maybe if they weren’t somewhat shiny it’d look nicer, but it is far from “bad”. Nice finish as well, this oak look great in it. I have so much to learn, LOL!

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