Mahogany Secretary Desk

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Project by zaschaffer posted 04-03-2016 10:54 PM 1580 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest (and hopefully last early american piece I build) I have been transitioning into mid century and Maloofian furniture for a couple years now but some Doctor friends of mine conned me into building them a secretary.

Its made out of African Mahogany (mainly because I don’t like messing with genuine). Theres roughly 200 hand cut dovetails in this hog and all of the hardware came from Horton Brass. There are two deeply carved rosettes and two hand turned finials on the top. Inside the bookcase are two carved fans. The bookcase was left simple (without all the cubby holes and whatnot because thats what they had asked for). Also there is no safe box in the center of the desk because they wanted to set picture frames in it. Really a cut and dry project I probably spent a little over 2 weeks working on this. Finished with 3 coats of oil and 1 coat of Festool Surfix.

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#1 posted 04-04-2016 12:00 AM

dude the first thing i gotta say is i always love your backgrounds,the second thing is you do some awesome work.this is another killer piece my friend,you are a master woodworker.but i hear you on getting more maloofian thats my prefered style,that and g&g which hopefully ill be doing more of soon.i just cant bring myself to do early american colonial style furniture,and since i dont do it for a living i wont do it.but glad too hear were getting another member,once again a great job.

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

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#2 posted 04-04-2016 01:23 AM

Beautiful secretary! That mahogany is beautiful, and the secretary even more so!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 04-04-2016 12:14 PM

Magnificent Piece of Furniture, the African mahogany really stands out in the natural sun light. Congrats on a great job!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 12:22 PM

Seriously nice work

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 04-04-2016 02:55 PM

Wow!, this is a beautiful piece. This outside shot really makes it come alive.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-04-2016 03:02 PM

Looks fantastic. ” Really a cut and dry project I probably spent a little over 2 weeks working on this.” Wow!

-- Julian

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#8 posted 04-04-2016 07:59 PM

Another great piece, but “never say never”. The Early American period was a dynamic style in its day and influenced a lot of later styles. I hope that someday you are able to fuse all your influences into your own unique style.
Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 04-04-2016 09:06 PM


-- Doug...

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#10 posted 04-04-2016 11:18 PM

beautiful work

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 04-05-2016 01:22 AM

Great job, looks amazing!

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#12 posted 04-07-2016 06:44 PM


-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#13 posted 04-09-2016 12:01 AM

Beautiful work. Two weeks?!? That’s incredible. It would take me that long to make the drawers.

-- Doc "Not all who wander are lost." --J. R.R. Tolkien

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