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Arts and Crafts Three-Drawer Writing Desk in Hickory

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Project by choochy posted 06-02-2010 07:02 PM 3782 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finish is Tung Oil on the frame and drawers and Poly on the top with a coat of wax.





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#1 posted 06-02-2010 07:03 PM

Wow I really like this desk so very nice great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 07:17 PM

I agree. Excellent.

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 07:52 PM

I like it a lot. I always say hickory is an under-utilized wood.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 07:53 PM

Very nice! I like the through tenons on the legs. Good choice of hardware, too.

-- Robb

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 10:00 PM

I love the look of Hickory. nice post

-- Making piles of sawdust...one incorrect measurement at a time!

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 11:22 PM

A friend who is a cabinet maker and owns a fine hardwoods company likes Hickory better than any of the beautiful domestic and exotic woods he sells. It’s a great looking desk in the picture, and I’ll bet it’s even nicer ‘up close and personal’.

-- Dave O.

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 12:12 AM

I like that desk a lot. My wife told me I needed a new desk, no more door on sawhorses. Was yours from plans or did you make your own. Very nice.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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choochy

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 12:29 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments.

I agree with you guys about Hickory. It has a warm, deep grain that can have wonderful figure. Definitely under-utilized! I rate it right up there with quarter-sawn white oak for a great traditional look and feel. It is dense and heavy.

I found that Hickory can be finicky, tearing-out, especially when hand-tooling, and warping after milling. I buy it rough or oversize and mill it down, being careful to take meat off of each face evenly and then let it rest a day or two before final milling/assembly. Hickory has very particular grain, wanting to be worked in one direction but many woods do. I love working with it.

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choochy

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 12:35 AM

Thanks dozuki. This was a plan ordered from Taunton Press. I learned ww building bars (think saloons) from blueprints so I usually work from plans. I’m shrinking the dimensions of this desk to make a companion coffee table.

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 12:42 AM

Awesoem job, great work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 02-13-2013 09:51 PM

Great looking desk!
Did you use slides, or runners and kickers?

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

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