Student Desk

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Project by Jim posted 12-29-2009 07:43 PM 1717 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lift-lid desk for my youngest son. I had been stockpiling dark brown African Mahoghany to make myself a new desk but he needed one first so I used it instead of something cheaper/less elegant. The design is from New Yankee Workshop with minor changes. The plans called for butt hinges for the lid but I couldn’t bring myself to have an exposed hinge line with that beautiful grain on the top so I splurged for hidden hinges – best decision I could have made!

Joinery is mortise/tenon or dovetail/dado while the boards for the back of the shelves is done with tongue-and-groove. Finish is a Walnut colored Danish Oil followed by two coats of Tung Oil.

-- Jim

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Belle City Woodworking

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 07:48 PM

That is one very nice looking desk! Great Job!

-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 08:00 PM

Beautiful work Jim; I agree with your decision on the hinges. I could not imagine this piece with that grain line broken up with hinges.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 09:04 PM

Is the brown african mahogany Sapele? I’ve done some stuff in that as well, and the grain looks similar to what yoy have there. Pretty nice stuff.

-- Andy Brownell

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 01:02 AM

Wow, looks awesome, outstanding job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 02:46 AM

Very nice desk reminds me of a shaker design I’ve seen.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 02:49 AM

Nice looking student desk.

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 06:51 AM

This is just gorgeous! Makes me look like a piker for the projects I’ve made for my kids. Yours must be better behaved….


-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 06:51 AM

Andy –
To answer your question on the Mahoghany-vs-Sapele; they are of the same species but slightly different – I read an article a month or two ago about the different types of mahoghany and their close cousins. I’ve used Sapele a few times and it is easy to work as well and typically can have a darker color not found in Mahoghany.
thanks for asking/looking -

-- Jim

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#9 posted 12-30-2009 06:53 AM

Bob –
They are actually pretty well behaved but more importantly, I got orders from the head of the house to get one made and I couldn’t bring myself to build it out of pine like Norm did on NYW… :-)

-- Jim

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#10 posted 08-07-2017 02:04 PM

This student desk is so beautiful. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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