Pottery Barn Inspired Desk

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Project by Manderson posted 11-05-2009 07:38 PM 1863 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife really liked this desk at PB, so a re-engineered it with sketch up and starting making it. This was also my first attempt at re-engineering a piece.

Most of the material is veneered MDF, I had to create the edge veneer as 1.5 inch ash veneer is not commonly available.

There are 5 pieces – 3 tops which lay on 2 pedestals. The 2 pedestals are exact same carcasses, one is a filing cabinet and the other has a drawer a place for cd’s and a CPU which my wife uses sigh…for magazine storage.

It was my first time working with web frames further reduce weight i used lap joinery for the bottom of both the top and base.

The finish was difficult to figure out as I had to match it with the black chair she had bought at PB. Many of the stains dye’s either gave a blueish or purple hue…but i figured out how to get a true black like the chair. The PB was ebonized but you could still see the open pores. Finishing the desk took 3 days. I can post the finishing schedule if anyone requests.

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 08:12 PM

looks good

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 08:35 PM

Good Job it looks like you could use a credenza also

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 11:02 PM

Good job.
I have tried to design something similar but I want drawers on both sides. Problem with drawers in that corner configuration is they open into the space needed for a chair. I’m thinking of changing the angle but then the drawers have to be shallower.
If I ever work out a solution I will also have an upper cupboard unit.

-- Les B, Oregon

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