secretary desk out of "old junk" sitting around in the shed

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Project by aurora posted 1516 days ago 3573 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

had some extra salvaged antique oak boards and old singer sewing machine base that i put together to make this “secretary” that will now sit next to my bed. boards have lots of “character” (ie… powder post beetle holes and hand cut iron nail stains). the design for the top is patterned off an antique portable military field desk i saw in a shop. i added the drawers below for a bit extra storage, configured the inside organization to meet my needs and carved and added the top decorative trim & some details to the original spartan military design. wood already had a nice patina, so just hit it with a couple of coats of briwax to shine it up.

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#1 posted 1516 days ago

Very nice. I like the old look.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#2 posted 1516 days ago

Gee, that’s nice! Nice extra details.


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#3 posted 1516 days ago

nice piece of furniture for junk in the shop

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#4 posted 1516 days ago

I like the design. Any hidden compartments in it? Somehow the upper unit looks like it will tilt back to reveal an awsome hiiding place underneath. The salvage oak boards gives the project a nice patina to it.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 1516 days ago

I really like what you have done, beautiful woodworking!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 1516 days ago

This is really cute and beautiful!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 1515 days ago

Love it, and your other pieces. I really like your style!

-- ~Julie~

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#8 posted 1515 days ago

handy-dandy really well thought out

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 1515 days ago

That’s the best use for an old sewing machine I’ve seen.

Very cool, great design and build….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 1515 days ago

I really like this. Nice old look. Very well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 1515 days ago

Impressive piece as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 1515 days ago

Nice work and the Singer stand bring back lots of memories…BC

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#13 posted 1514 days ago

I enjoy seeing projects made from what is found around the shop and home. Good job.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#14 posted 1514 days ago

very well done ,

realy looks nice !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 1514 days ago

Great Lookin Job Nice Singer

-- Jim, Kentucky

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