Tressel Desk

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Project by just_adam posted 10-20-2009 04:10 AM 2010 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this as an experiment after coming across some work of Jean ProuvĂ©. The project was made with very little power tools. I think the drill was the only thing I used that was powered. Key players were an entirely pedestrian “Footprint” jack plane, and a fairly handy Japanese ryoba pull-saw.

tressel desk

It started with my favorite building material: gnarly reclaimed fir sourced from architectural salvage. Some of this wood was old enough to still have ceramic tubes embedded for use in “knob and tube” wiring. I reserved the ceramic tubes and replaced them in my desk when I was done. The top is a series of 2×6’s laminated together. It took a lot of planing to get them to face up and clamp together okay.

A close up of some rough joinery

Doing some layup

Here’s how the tressel came out

After a little tongue oil

-- Oakland, CA

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#1 posted 10-20-2009 06:09 AM

Unique and good efforts on joinery

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-20-2009 07:55 AM

aren’t those big joints fun by hand :-) Nice work, welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-20-2009 02:19 PM

Great effort.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 10-20-2009 03:04 PM

Yea Top, those big joints are fun to make. Nice big joint makin.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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