|Project by bluekingfisher||posted 02-14-2016 07:34 PM||710 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I made this little slant top desk and pen case for my sons 18th birthday (16th Feb). He is a lad of the written word, spending a great deal of his time penning plays, scripts and so forth. He is off to university after the summer holidays so I thought the desk and pen would serve a purpose.
The items are made from acaicia wood, recycled from an old cabinet which once stood in his bedroom. I thought the wood would have a little significance, it being a piece of furniture from his youth.
I have to say, the wood was incredibly difficult to work, the tools needed to be continually sharpened as acaicia is unbelievably, hard, dense and heavy. To compound matters the grain is unpredictable, tearing out quite frequently.
Other than rout the pen slots at the router table all other work was conducted by using hand tools. The carcass is 10mm thick and the top is 16mm thick. Bread board ends with pegged mortices to reduce the risk of racking.
Finished with Java gel stain three coats of wipe on poly and three coats of paste wax buffed to a mid sheen.
A friend of mine turned the pen from the same wood, Turning pens is way beyond my skill set, so I was thankful for his assistance.
I had a small plaque engraved with his birth date and attached it to the inside back board.
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