writing/laptop desk

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Project by leftcoaster posted 07-07-2016 04:18 AM 588 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My spouse wanted a simple table to use with her laptop or for writing the occasional letter. Sized just for her, this table has a maple base and a walnut top and drawer front. The drawer is made of maple, joined with box joints and a stopped dado so that there is no “over” cut. Legs/aprons are mortise & tenon, of course. Shellac finish—clear on the maple; amber on the walnut. Oil-based polyurethane to make the top resistant to spills.

Many thanks to the LJs who have answered my questions on the various forums. I learned a lot building this.

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#1 posted 07-07-2016 06:01 AM

Looks great. Like the combination of wood types. The walnut top is really eye catching.

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#2 posted 07-07-2016 01:35 PM

beautiful -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#3 posted 07-07-2016 05:15 PM

Great looking desk!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#4 posted 07-07-2016 10:04 PM

Great looking. I like how it is simple but beautiful. I have been thinking of something for a spare bedroom and I think you just provided some inspiration. Thanks!

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 07-07-2016 11:27 PM

Thanks for all of the kind words. Drew, this is very much based on the plans from Minwax, with modifications, for your reference:

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#6 posted 07-08-2016 01:28 AM

Nice work on the table and it really suits the space too

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 07-08-2016 02:05 PM

very nice

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#8 posted 07-08-2016 08:45 PM

nice simple clean style i like it,great job.

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

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#9 posted 07-08-2016 11:17 PM

That is really beautiful. I definitely like the contrasting wood colors, and how they make a sort of gradient. Nice work!

-- Adam,

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