QSWO Arts and Crafts 3 drawer desk

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Project by revanson11 posted 06-23-2017 07:07 PM 1045 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been methodically replacing the cheaply made furniture items in our house. The particle board desk that we have is starting to look like a horse that has been overworked during its lifetime and has a defenite dip in the middle. I have been using a lot of QSWO for projects and love the way it machines and looks. This is my 4th piece that I have fumed with amonia and it matches pretty well in color with the Arts and Crafts display cabinet I made a while back. I attempted to match the drawer pulls with the ones on the display cabinet that I purchased from Gary Rucks at and tried calling also but I get no response from either method. Does anyone know if he is still in business?

The desk is finished with a wash coat of garnet shellac then 3 coats of water lox and paste wax. It was probably a mistake waxing the desk top as I am concerned that it will show pen marks.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 06-23-2017 07:22 PM

Great looking A&C desk—gonna be a major league improvement over your old particle board one!

As for the wax, I’d take it off. You can use mineral spirits to remove it; and then I’d re-topcoat with wipe-on poly. The polyurethane will provide a nice, durable finish for a desk top.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 06-23-2017 08:19 PM

I like it! As time goes on we are getting more and more of my furniture put in the house!

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#3 posted 06-23-2017 10:11 PM


Looks great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 06-24-2017 01:18 PM

This is a very nice piece and you did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-24-2017 01:28 PM

As usual, excellent. Do I detect the presence of a new hollow chisel mortiser in your shop?

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#6 posted 06-24-2017 05:15 PM

This is another beautiful addition to your projects. The finish is lovely, props for being brave enough to fume it. I hope you’ll share more photos of it.

-- -- Tyson

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#7 posted 06-24-2017 05:39 PM

I’d like to have plans for that!

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#8 posted 01-05-2018 10:26 PM

How is the desktop jointed and planed? Straight glue joints? Biscuits? T&G? I’m about to build a desk for my wife and trying to decide if I want to do a solid wood desktop or if I want to use oak plywood.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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