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Project by hornhunter posted 1685 days ago 1720 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project. I made this last winter for my office/man-cave. What a great excuse to buy tools! The walnut came from a storm damaged tree in my yard. I cut the tree down and helped a friend saw it. The top is 3 boards, book matched, with two-part epoxy for durability. The rest is finished with poly. The birch bark came from a tree my father in-law had taken down at his camp in the Adirondacks and is glued to birch plywood. The leftover plywood was used for the drawers, fully extending with file folders in the bottom. Thanks for looking.

-- Dean, Kinderhook, New York





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endlessDESIGN

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#1 posted 1685 days ago

real nice job on top
what epoxy did you use ??
looks great

-- sk

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richgreer

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#2 posted 1685 days ago

What an incredibly beautiful desk! I almost can’t believe that this is your first woodworking project. It’s also commendable and impressive that you used wood from a storm damaged tree. Your future as a woodworker is very bright. I hope you enjoyed building this desk.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Dez

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#3 posted 1685 days ago

Nice looking desk! Very unique!
Just the other day I peeled some loose bark from the little birch trees in the yard and was thinking of ways to use them, much smaller pieces though.
Now I am going to start looking for bigger Birch trees.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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autumnraewoodworking

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#4 posted 1685 days ago

Great use of materials
How did the bark take the finish?

-- Andy, Pine Plains, NY

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zlatanv

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#5 posted 1685 days ago

Wow, Beautiful desk and top looks awesome!! Man cave? With curtains? ;-)

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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jim1953

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#6 posted 1685 days ago

Great Lookin Desk

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1685 days ago

Thats a beautiful desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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huff

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#8 posted 1685 days ago

Dean, Welcome to LJ’s. Wow, that’s a powerful “first” project. Beautiful work and I really like your design with the panels with the birch bark. Makes a stunning desk.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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OutPutter

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#9 posted 1685 days ago

Had to do a doubletake to get the birch bark for the panels. It sure is one fine desk. Should make the man cave complet. Nice curtains for the man cave too. ;-)

Best,

-- Jim

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Jeison

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#10 posted 1685 days ago

Looks freakin awesome, but enough about your curtains, the desk is great!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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hornhunter

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#11 posted 1683 days ago

What? You don’t like my taste in drapery? This was my daughters’ bedroom when we did MBR over. Just the desk in there so far. Thanks for the comments. The epoxy was Envirotex Lite, followed directions to the letter. I experimented with spray finishes on the bark and wound up leaving it natural.

-- Dean, Kinderhook, New York

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#12 posted 1682 days ago

that is one beautiful looking desk… nicely done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Millo

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#13 posted 1677 days ago

I’m jealous of your skill—first project? Wow!

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Andy Brownell

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#14 posted 1673 days ago

What were the overall dimensions?

-- Andy Brownell

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Karson

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#15 posted 1672 days ago

That is a great desk. I looked right through the desk and thought I was seeing the wall. It was on one of the other pictures that it sunk in about the birch bark.

What a great idea for panels on the table. Very creative.

Congratulation on this project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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