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Project by exsubsailor posted 01-20-2016 08:18 PM 1120 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This drop-front desk is made of mahogany with waterfall bubinga veneer on the drop front and drawer fronts. The legs are slightly splayed out and are strengthened by a visually attractive rack between the lower legs. The grips on the drawers and front are my idea for something a little different. The interior compartment behind the small door hides 6 shelves to file papers.(I didn’t have a pic of this). The accent feet at the bottom of the legs are a 3 piece glue up of 2 purple heart 1 maple. Purple heart is also used in the draw and front pulls. It was used also (in the way I explained it in my 2’x4’ maple desk project) in the handcut dovetails joining the top and sides.

-- Art, Florida





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#1 posted 01-20-2016 08:28 PM

art your on fire i cant absorb all your giving me so fast,but dont stop please.see this is what happens when you only post twice a year-lol.well im glad your getting caught up dont wait so long in between again.spectacular work my friend.

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

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 08:37 PM

nice looking desk, beautiful grain on that door, what type of wood is that?

-- Stan, Southville, Ky

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 08:49 PM

Absolutely beautiful! All I can say.All of your work is

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#4 posted 01-20-2016 09:03 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 09:32 PM



nice looking desk, beautiful grain on that door, what type of wood is that?

- gimmo


Thanks, I usually have to go back and edit after I read or add another pic I find later. I mentioned in an updated edit, the veneer used is called “waterfall bubinga”. It is one of the most dramatic of veneers and I get many positive comments about about the striking visual effect it has on a project. I’ve acquired most of my veneer on ebay.

-- Art, Florida

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#6 posted 01-21-2016 01:27 AM

Great design and workmanship! Thanks for sharing. Did you use vacuum bag for the veneer or just clamps? Trying to figure out if I can do veneering without vacuum pump.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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exsubsailor

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#7 posted 01-21-2016 01:50 AM



Great design and workmanship! Thanks for sharing. Did you use vacuum bag for the veneer or just clamps? Trying to figure out if I can do veneering without vacuum pump.
- harum

Thanks block quote, Yes, I used a vacuum pump, but now I’m using a much simpler method thats dirt cheap. There’s a product out now thats called a space bag thats used with a shop vac to suck the air out of of storage items like sweaters etc.It’s like a zip lock bag only much bigger with a valve that snaps shut. They sell at drug stores, on the internet etc.and cost about $5. They aren’t great and leak a little. Every couple of minutes you have to reapply the vac to the opening for about 10 – 15 minutes, but thats enough to get a good bonding with wood glue. you will need to wait 4-6 hours for the glue to be really set.The bags come in different sizes but most are about 18”x30”. Hope this helps.

-- Art, Florida

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#8 posted 01-21-2016 02:01 AM

This is a beautiful piece with some gorgeous veneer. I also really like your handles.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#9 posted 01-21-2016 02:01 AM

Art. This is a gorgeous piece. The hand pulls really show your attention to detail. Great job!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#10 posted 01-21-2016 03:21 AM

yea, I like that. The wood is beautiful, the workmanship shines.
Nice

-- Jeff NJ

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#11 posted 01-21-2016 04:12 AM

awesome

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 01-21-2016 05:02 AM

It’s a beauty. Splendid workmanship, and amazing details.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#13 posted 01-21-2016 05:42 AM

Stunning piece of work. Beautiful.

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#14 posted 01-21-2016 11:38 AM

Beautiful work… WOW

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 01-21-2016 02:39 PM

Wow! That is beautiful

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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