Two more desks

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Project by Oldtool posted 07-12-2016 02:34 PM 2122 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two desks are for my two youngest granddaughters, this project being the same as my previous build for my oldest granddaughter, and also from Glenn Huey’s book ”Building Fine Furniture”.

With this project as with all my previous projects, I try to go old school more & more, utilizing as many of my old “antique finds” from stores & eBay as possible. This time I discovered out of necessity that a standard plow plane iron fits an “old women’s tooth” router plane that I’ve had laying around for several years. I used it for the quarter inch rabbets for the interior shelving:

I used my homemade kerfing saw / plane, to define the shoulders for the lid lips (rabbets), the breadboard tenons, and many of the tenons for the apron, etc. I then plowed out the remainder of the waste with either a rabbet or moving fillister plane:

The finish on these desks is H Behlens Cherry dye, and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, the wood is all cherry with cherry for the secondary wood as well.

Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 07-12-2016 02:42 PM

I am in awe of your “old tool” skills. Beautiful, stunning work. What a special gift for your granddaughters.

-- Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 03:48 PM

Wow! Those look fantastic.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 07-12-2016 04:17 PM

Those are absolutely stunning.

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#4 posted 07-12-2016 07:35 PM

Beautiful, just beautiful.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 07-12-2016 07:47 PM

Nice stuff! Love the antique planes. My tennis elbow keeps me from being a hand tool enthusiast.

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#6 posted 07-12-2016 11:12 PM

Gorgeous work! I really hope to be able to do something at the level you create someday. BTW, love your quote! Great words for the time we’re living in now.

-- 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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#7 posted 07-12-2016 11:33 PM

Beautiful pair of desks! I love the antique look of them, and that cherry really looks amazing! I’m sure your daughters will just love them, and pass them down to their daughters!

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

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#8 posted 07-13-2016 12:56 AM

fantastic work – the girls are very lucky indeed

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 07-13-2016 04:46 AM

Great work!

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#11 posted 07-13-2016 10:34 AM

Great looking desks and identical so, there won’t be any fighting over them. These will remind them of grandpa for years to come.


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#12 posted 07-13-2016 01:38 PM

great build , awesome finish too, dose the book come with a set of plans?

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#13 posted 08-04-2016 06:51 PM

Outstanding! Most folk don’t understand just how much goes into building a fine piece of Furniture, You have two more great heirlooms that will be cherished for many years. Well deserved Daily Top 3 Keep up the good work..

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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