Natural Walnut Writing Desk

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Project by RealtorJim posted 01-06-2010 12:18 AM 2371 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this desk with the intention of a blend and enhancement of the existing natural oak flooring.
The lightness of the natural walnut sapwood brings forth Yang. Masculine, youthful, full of vigor. Actively pursuing the feminine grace and elegance of the darkening, pure heartwood, Yin. A reflective clearness of glossing giving warmth and vitality to Yang. Screaming “Look at me, I’m young! I’m bright! I can be!”. Yet Yang, seeking the Yin, does not realize that beauty within itself already exists. So it exerts along the path of grain, striving for a relationship. However, the Yin just flows. Her rich beauty grown dark with ages. Gloss enhancing a cold stillness within. Accepting, contouring, complimenting and balancing contrasts of the Yang. One without the other is nature. One with the other is nature in harmony… Yin-Yang.

As a note: Although the desk is natural walnut, a secondary wood of quartersawn oak was used for the drawers, and birch, trimmed in walnut, was used for an insert for a keyboard in the middle drawer. An adjustable cantilever is used to adjust the angle of the drawer for keyboard comfort. Remove the insert and it is a completely traditional writing desk. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! Thanks for looking.

-- "If you can't find it, build it. If you can't build it, then you must need some more tools."

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 01:56 AM

Well done.

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 02:59 AM

Great looking Desk. I really like the way you bring out the sapwood. I always try to hide the sapwood. I think I might start looking at Walnut in a different light. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 03:03 AM

im a big fan of walnut…this is a kepper for sure…you did a great job…expanding your skills and setting you up for your next project…good job….enjoyed this…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 03:35 AM

Thanks for the comments. It is encouraging and I would be out in the shop now if it weren’t 10 degrees out there! The large sapwood run is actually a join of two planks. I tried to make it look like a natural run by slicing through each at a “perceived” match point and then glued them up and hand planed them down!

-- "If you can't find it, build it. If you can't build it, then you must need some more tools."

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 03:55 AM

This a wonderful walnut desk very well done.

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 04:48 AM

Walnut always looks attractive to me. I think you definitely did it justice with your desk.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 03:43 PM

A very beautiful desk, & superbly crafted.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 04:04 PM

Great looking grain and you showcased it so well.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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