champion maple/walnut desk

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Project by mrmike posted 11-18-2009 09:18 AM 2095 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, i made this desk last year, it took me about a quarter of the school year to design it and the rest of the school year to complete it (up until the day of the competition). I ended up entering it in the technology expo and Utah Valley University and took first place in my category and overall best of show. So this project was a success to me, but i still need to decide what to build and design this year!!! ...any ideas?

-- MikeCooper, UT

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 09:41 AM

Really nice desk…’s going to be hard to come up with a project for the ensuing year that will out do this one…..
how about a book shelf/filing cabinet combo that matches this design?

Great job…....Congrats on your first place… of show… certificate and most of all your scholarship to UVU!!!

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-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 09:51 AM

thanks man! yeah, that’s why its been so hard to think up a new project this year because i don’t want to make something that doesn’t out-do the year before… especially since I’d like to win this same competition again. But I’ll definately put your book shelf/filing cabinet into deep consideration

-- MikeCooper, UT

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 01:53 PM

Furniture for the ISS. That is a great looking desk. Seriously, a companion piece would “kick it up a notch” for sure. I love wood file cabinets. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 05:07 PM

Great desk!

I like the idea of a companion piece as well, but I have a thought that might be unique: Custom made filing cabinets are usually of the standard, deep pull-out drawer variety. But most people who do any amount of filing agree that lateral files are easier to work with. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wood lateral filing cabinet. I think making one would involve some interesting design challenges, and you would end up with a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 06:08 PM

For your next project you can design something similar our of Mahogany and then send out to me.


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#6 posted 11-18-2009 07:30 PM

Fantastic desk,

Please keep us posted even after you graduate college. It would be nice to follow your work.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 07:55 PM

Very nice job! To think how young you are, once you are older and more expirenced what will you be doing? Great job! I look fwd to your next project.

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

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 08:11 PM

Amazing talent for your age. Kudos to you. How about a project out of the office? Let them know you can think out of the box. A piece of furniture or dinning room table, or a period piece. Something stunning. Use that imagination of yours, it certainlly knows no bounds. Good luck. Mike

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

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 09:01 PM

Beautiful desk. I think the filing cabinet is a good idea but depending on the judging they might say you are just building on a past design and that you have not created something new. Just a thought.

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

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#10 posted 11-19-2009 12:03 AM

Fantastic desk and congrats on the award


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#11 posted 11-19-2009 12:15 AM

Thats a beautiful desk.

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#12 posted 11-19-2009 12:31 AM

Very nice design and craftsmanship. Something for this year? Hmm, maybe a full cherry wardrobe, thanks for the post and welcome to Lj’s.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#13 posted 11-19-2009 07:16 PM

Congratulations and wishing you luck on your work for this year.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#14 posted 11-20-2009 05:33 AM

With skill like that, anything you want to design and build. Great work!!!!!!
AND, Welcome to LJ’s, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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