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Project by Jim posted 1667 days ago 1233 views 0 times favorited 9 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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John's Woodshop

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#1 posted 1667 days ago

That is one very nice looking desk! Great Job!

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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Chris

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#2 posted 1667 days ago

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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Andy Brownell

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#3 posted 1667 days ago

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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Monty Queen

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#4 posted 1666 days ago

Wow, looks awesome, outstanding job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1666 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 1666 days ago

Nice looking student desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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bobkberg

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#7 posted 1666 days ago

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

-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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Jim

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#8 posted 1666 days ago

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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Jim

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#9 posted 1666 days ago

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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