|Project by twobyfour16||posted 10-15-2016 03:55 PM||971 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
So my lovely lady needed a new desk. Her’s was way too big (and a little ugly), so off I went to my lumber pile. I had a bunch of ribbon grain African Mahogany – including a couple boards that were almost 14” wide – perfect for a desk top. I sketched a couple ideas to show her (I’m not an artist), agreed on the general idea, and jumped right in. Took a few months, but I finally got it done. Definitely a Design On The Fly.
This was my first attempt at Inlaying – and it fortunately turned out ok. The inlay is curly maple, everything else is Ribbon Grain African Mahogany. The front of the desk looked like a head board for a bed before I put the whole thing together.
We also wanted to have a drop leaf so she would have a little more room in the office, when necessary. This was my first attempt at doing a “rule joint”, and I was pleased at how it turned out. Not perfect, but not a disaster. The drop leaf is held up with some special hardware I picked up at the local woodworking store.
The joinery is mostly loose tenon – using the Festool Domino. The main top is made from two pieces of 14” wide material – edge glued together. I cut the curve in the drop leaf using a circle cutting router jig prior to cutting it away from the main desk top. The return part of the top was also a two piece glue up, but it is a bit narrower.
It has no drawers, per her request.
The legs all have a relatively gentle curve on two sides.
Overall, I think it turned out ok. My only concern is that is may look a little too “busy”. That ribbon grain sure has a lot going on there. I’m hoping that when it gets covered up with papers, computers, etc, that it will look a little more ‘tame’.
Bottom line, she is very happy with it – Mission accomplished! Learned a lot on this one.
Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!
p.s. – my newest acquisition was VERY helpful during this project:
-- Allan, Portland, OR