Live Edge Curly Maple Desk

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Project by Vic Vanderkooi posted 12-28-2015 07:58 PM 1120 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this desk for my son. It is made from Live Edge Curly Maple, Oak, Cherry and Ironwoood.

The top is curly maple that I saved from my dad’s fireplace. We were cutting firewood at his farm when I noticed the grain pattern and stopped him just in time to save the last little bit of it. I ended up with 10 – 2” slabs. The slabs were about 3 1/2’ long so I chose two that would give me a mirror image and butt jointed them with a spline to help hold them together.

The legs are made from 2” thick white oak. I love the pattern and will probably use it again in future projects. I dyed them black and then coated them several times with Ebony Bri Wax.

The shelf is made from cherry that also came from my dad’s farm. I left the live edge.

The stretcher is made from Ironwood or Ipe.

I finished the project with boiled linseed oil and Bri Wax.

Thanks for looking.

-- Vic (The Silent Woodworker)

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 08:23 PM

Unique design ,well done Vic.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 08:34 PM

beautiful piece

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 03:04 PM

Very well done – like the legs and the top – they go together well

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 04:16 PM

I’m not normally a huge fan of live edge stuff, but this piece I really, really like. I think the design of the legs in combination with the butt jointed crotch slabs just make this really nice to look. Congrats on a great project!

-- --Zach

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#5 posted 12-31-2015 10:33 PM

You are the live edge master. You have lucky kids

-- Winning the Hearts and Minds one measurement at a time

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