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Project by LoneWolfeDesignsLLC posted 08-17-2017 11:27 PM 636 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been reading and enjoying this websites community long before I finally created an account. Since creating one nothing has really came to mind on what to post about so figured I’d start with a desk I made not long ago.

A customer was looking for a large desk to put in the office room of their new house. Requesting to keep it simple and plain I came up with this layout. Using 4/4 rough sawn for the top and 8/4 rough sawn Red Oak for the legs. As the years have gone by and interest in developing true craftsman style work. I challenged myself to not use any hardware, use hand tools for as much as I possibly could and try not to screw anything up.

To not go into a full blown story wood was planed to dimension and smooth with a Stanley #5 and #3. Cut to dimension with a few hand saws, with the exception of making the tapered rip cuts of the legs on a table saw (missed one goal). Joined the table together using wood glue, two bow tie keys (first ones ever done and a random idea that popped in my head during the build), wooden dowels with the holes drilled using a hand brace with auger bits and wooden z clips that I ended up using screws to secure. Finishing it off with tung oil.

It was a fun project to make and like every project learned some things on what not to do and what to continue improve on doing.

Also not sure why these photos rotated. Rookie I guess.
-Christian

-- LWD





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swirt

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#1 posted 08-18-2017 01:34 AM

Christian, That is a really nice looking desk/table.

If you use bow ties on future projects, you may want to consider orienting the wood of the butterfly to be long-grain from wingtip to wingtip. The orientation you have is accentuating the weakness of the grain rather than accentuating the strength. Another way to think about it is that the grain of the bow tie should be at a right angle to the grain of the boards or split that you are trying to join together.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 08-18-2017 02:48 AM

Nice looking table and I like seeing bow ties in the work. swirt has a good point about the direction of the grain in the bow tie. The tie will split easily with the grain running in the same direction as the grain in your table.
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-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 08-18-2017 05:24 PM

This table turned out so beautifully and I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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LoneWolfeDesignsLLC

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#4 posted 08-21-2017 05:06 PM

Thank you for that information and feedback. I had never even thought about grain direction when making the bow tie. It was created from an aesthetics stand point but if I do so I need to do it properly, any extra support helps. I plan on adding one for an actual spit on this other desk I’m building so will get it completed right this time.


Christian, That is a really nice looking desk/table.

If you use bow ties on future projects, you may want to consider orienting the wood of the butterfly to be long-grain from wingtip to wingtip. The orientation you have is accentuating the weakness of the grain rather than accentuating the strength. Another way to think about it is that the grain of the bow tie should be at a right angle to the grain of the boards or split that you are trying to join together.

- swirt


-- LWD

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#5 posted 08-21-2017 08:20 PM

Ok, I have not done a lot of work with hand tools and I see issues that I would not be very happy with. That said, I have a Red oak Desk that I am making and it was done with green wood and that too has flatness issues. So both will go to the a bit more rustic look. Nice work. I can’t imagine trying to make perfect glue lines without a jointer.

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markgrogan1

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#6 posted 08-26-2017 07:52 AM

Don’t sell yourself short. Before long, you’re going to start having all sorts of little tools and doodads in storage so that you can make more and more elaborate things! It’s always best to start easy. And sometimes, what you think is easy, ends up being really complicated! Take things slow and chill out! People in the forum are always here to help!

-- Mark Grogan @ http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/storage-wollongong/

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