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Project by JimYoung posted 02-25-2016 10:22 PM 1870 views 22 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project that I started last August and is based on a design by Kevin Rodel. This will match nicely with my file cabinet that I made a while back. A special thanks to Dan M. for his help with the Sketchup plans and all his encouragement along the way.

The construction is solid cherry with walnut accents. Mortise and tenon joinery throughout fashioned with a combination of machine cut and hand tools. The arched cross pieces feature wedged through tenons with walnut wedges. The tops of each leg have walnut inlays. These were cut from some walnut that I friend gave to me that had been air drying for 15 years. The inlays are 1/8” thick and the recess was routed into the legs. One leg features a hole for a hidden power cord.

The top is 1” thick, and was glued up from several boards. The breadboard ends on the top, the front apron, and drawer fronts feature faceted walnut inlays. On the breadboard ends, these cover the screws that hold the ends on. There are only three small pencil drawers, since I am trying to cut down on paper and supplies at my desk. The drawers are made from soft maple with box joint corners and ride on self closing ball bearing guides

Finish is Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss with 4 coats on the base, and about 8 coats on the top. The finish was applied with a foam brush and rubbed out with Behlen’s Deluxing Compound.

Comments and questions are welcome. Check out my blog for the entire construction process.

Thanks for looking,

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 02-25-2016 10:26 PM

Wow…...physically big and difficult project. Looks amazing.
Well done

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 10:38 PM

that is just simply beuatiful,i love your design from the bread board ends to the way you did your through tenons its just a great look.and there is even a little g&g thrown in.plus a great job on the finish.5 star job man.

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

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 10:41 PM

Amazing. That is an great build.

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dougsshop

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 11:08 PM

amazing project, beyond my skill level, but sure nice to see craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 12:36 AM

That is a great looking desk! I don’t think I’d get much work done at it—I’d be too busy staring at it all day!

-- Dean

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Luddite

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#6 posted 02-26-2016 12:40 AM

Great great great…. adding an adjective couldn’t do it any more justice.
Also, beautiful details with the wedges and reveals.
Thanks for sharing.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#7 posted 02-26-2016 12:57 AM

Looks Great Jim! Very high quality construction. I wish I had one in my office.

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#8 posted 02-26-2016 01:25 AM

Very nice desk. All of the subtle details and elegant proportions make it really stand out. The bevels and the walnut wedges really stand out. Clever idea to hide the power cord. I’m definitely stealing that brilliant idea. This will be going into the picture file for the computer desk I need to make one of these days.

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

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Andy

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#9 posted 02-26-2016 03:32 AM

I see you put alot of work and patience in that. I love to see that. Great job.

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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#10 posted 02-26-2016 03:34 AM

That is a winner, one of my favorite designs. Your execution looks flawless.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 02-26-2016 04:58 AM

Incredible craftmanship. G&G details are realy amaizing, deserves daily top 3 definately.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 02-26-2016 01:35 PM

Desk??? Looks like a dinning room table fit for a king.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 02-26-2016 02:02 PM

That is just gorgeous.

-- John, Rochester NY

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Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 02-26-2016 02:28 PM

Wow!!

This is furniture art at its best.

Well done and congratulations

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 02-26-2016 03:05 PM

Nice solid construction, I like nice solid construction!

The details are subtle and well executed, that cherry will age superbly over the years so don’t leave that laptop sitting in one place too long 8^)

A real winner Jim!

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