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Project by exsubsailor posted 01-17-2016 06:49 PM 1077 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This maple desk with padauk accent inlays was from an article I saw in a woodworking mag. I can usually find something to change or add to plans that I see and like. In this case, I added the raised drawers and curved support to the original desk plans. The desk, legs, cross bracing, drawer fronts, etc. are quilted maple. The desk surface is tiger stripe maple veneer I got on ebay over maple. The dovetails in the desk are hand cut while the ones in the raised pull out drawers are jig cut. The curved platform above the desk is made from thin strips of maple and 1 stripe of padauk in the middle, glued and clamped together over a form. I used a small hand saw to cut a thin kerf on the side of each dovetail to inlay thin pieces a little thicker than veneer padauk for accent and to hide any slight imperfection with the dovetail fit. Of course you have to glue the thin padauk strips to the top of each dovetail first.

-- Art, Florida





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woodcut

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 07:46 PM

Stunning work !! The accents, figure, joinery, and form compliment each other very well.
Did you use Mortise & Tenon to join the stretcher to the legs?
What is the finish did you use?
I like this piece very much !
c

-- Carl, Iowa

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exsubsailor

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 07:53 PM



Stunning work !! The accents, figure, joinery, and form compliment each other very well.
Did you use Mortise & Tenon to join the stretcher to the legs?
What is the finish did you use?
I like this piece very much !
c
Yes, Mortise & Tenon usually works best.
- woodcut

-- Art, Florida

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majuvla

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 08:56 PM

Realy incredible and inovative design. Those curved fronts and sides are unique feture. I like those double dovetail joints. Excellent choice of woods.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Gary

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#4 posted 01-17-2016 09:08 PM

That is inspired!

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 09:14 PM

wow spectacular work I love the double dovetails on the sides and choice of woods is perfect,an over the top job 5 stars

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 01-17-2016 10:08 PM

Very beautiful work, It looks like you have a great eye for detail.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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shipwright

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#7 posted 01-18-2016 12:32 AM

Another beauty.
What took you so long to get these fine pieces posted ? I was surprised to see how long you have been on LJ.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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exsubsailor

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#8 posted 01-18-2016 04:41 AM



Another beauty.
What took you so long to get these fine pieces posted ? I was surprised to see how long you have been on LJ.

- shipwright


I’m not very good with computers and it took this long to figure out how to download my pics to the L.J. site. Also, I’m a one finger typist so it takes a while to post the text.

-- Art, Florida

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tnwood

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#9 posted 01-18-2016 03:16 PM

Nicely done. Great eye for detail and overall design.

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SteveGaskins

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#10 posted 01-18-2016 11:39 PM

Love your work, Art.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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EarlS

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#11 posted 01-19-2016 12:26 AM

Art,

You gotta knock off posting all of these amazing projects. I just finished getting my head around your swirl table and then I see this one. You’re setting the bar really high for the rest of us. How many more incredible works of art are you going to let us see???? Wonderful, unique pieces. Please keep posting, even if it takes a little longer. The results are worth it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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builtinbkyn

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#12 posted 01-19-2016 12:41 AM

Very beautiful and very retro. Is it an original design?

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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exsubsailor

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#13 posted 01-19-2016 02:07 AM


Another beauty.
What took you so long to get these fine pieces posted ? I was surprised to see how long you have been on LJ.

- shipwright


Very beautiful and very retro. Is it an original design?

- builtinbkyn


The basic desk plans were in one of the woodworking books and I added some of my own embellishments. The raised small drawer shelf was my own creation.

-- Art, Florida

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