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Project by David posted 08-28-2009 03:16 AM 1589 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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a1Jim

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#1 posted 08-28-2009 03:25 AM

hey David this is one fine desk very well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 03:26 AM

http://www.mcfeelys.com/product.aspx?itemNo=TT-0104&s_kwcid=table%20top%20fasteners|3439364935

http://woodworker.com/desktop-fasteners-mssu-866-826.asp

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=table+top+fastener&tag=googhydr-20&index=tools&hvadid=3183085067&ref=pd_sl_83g4da8w7y_b

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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zlatanv

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 04:41 AM

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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John M

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 05:34 AM

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

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 05:59 AM

Great looking desk. Nice work.

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 12:21 PM

Beautiful desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 01:57 PM

Nice job! Good looking desk

-- Marty Ohio

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 02:47 PM

Nice. Very clean design.

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

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#9 posted 08-28-2009 03:14 PM

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

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#10 posted 08-28-2009 03:41 PM

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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hasbeen99

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#11 posted 08-28-2009 06:15 PM

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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jamison00

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#12 posted 08-28-2009 06:21 PM

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 01-20-2010 08:55 PM

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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