|Project by mls||posted 04-02-2010 05:11 PM||3077 views||15 times favorited||14 comments|
I built this solid red oak desk a few years ago. It was built from a local tree here in Saint Joseph, Missouri. A friend was taking down a large red oak so I got the logs and hauled them to a saw mill to process the tree for lumber. I was disappointed in the quality of the lumber though. I would have thought that a tree with a 32 inch trunk would be virtually knot free but the lumber was full of knots. So I had to waste a lot of the lumber to come up with enough to build this desk. But the results were worth it, I think. I glued together a cylinder and turned it round on my lathe and fluted it with my router right on the lathe. Then I quartered it and made each of the 4 round corners of the desk. I think the round corners make a very nice feature. The desk is raised panel construction on all sides even the back. So it is quite heavy. It has a 5/4 thick top. Full length dovetailed drawers with file drawers on both lower drawers. I put a writing shelf pull-out of solid oak on each side. The only change that I would have made is that I think it should have been about 1 inch shorter than the 31 inches that I made it.
-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---