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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 2455 days ago 1617 views 3 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this for several weekends (in between my curbside scavanging episodes). It is solid cherry, except for the walnut drawer fronts.

Not having a lathe, but wanting to do something a little decorative with the legs, I adapted an idea from a project I saw posted here in which the corners of the legs were bandsawed off. In my version, I just used a cove bit in my router table. By the way, since I had no thick stock (purchased the cherry on e-bay – can’t get it here), the legs are made of two 4/4 boards glued together and trimmed to size on the table saw.

The inlay on the top is InLace epoxy, which I had never heard of until Cajunpen Bill talked about using it on a project. I was curious, and had to give it a try. It’s not the easiest stuff in the world to work with, but it came out pretty nice in the end.

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





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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 2455 days ago

Extremely handsome piece. Great looking finish and I really like the leg details! To borrow from Don, I don’t think it’s a small wooden box, but I love it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Max

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#2 posted 2455 days ago

A very beautiful desk. I really like the legs and the inlay. I must have missed the InLace epoxy deal. What is it and where do you get the stuff to use?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 2455 days ago

I like it. I’ve done epoxy inlay before, but never “inlace” epoxy. what is it ?

Table design is well balanced. Looks like it stepped off the showroom floor.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Sgt_Lobo

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#4 posted 2455 days ago

Extremely nice writing desk. I too do not own a lathe, so I really like the leg ideas. I have thought of making a hallway table for nik-naks, and was searching for ideas for the legs. Guess it is time to bust out the cove bit!

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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mrtrim

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#5 posted 2455 days ago

great looking desk charlie. i was just browsing thru your projects and i think your headed for the lumber jocks hall of fame !

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Karson

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#6 posted 2455 days ago

Charlie.

A very nice looking table. I do like the legs. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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relic

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#7 posted 2455 days ago

Graet looking desk, I like the inlay.

-- Andy Stark

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SPalm

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#8 posted 2455 days ago

Very nice proportions. I like it. Do you actually write things on it?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 2455 days ago

Thanks, everyboby!

InLace is a brand name of epoxy inlay that comes in a bunch of different colors and textures. Different additives are available to give it a variety of looks. When Cajunpen mentioned it, I googled it and found several places that sell it online. I also have some in turquoise I’m just holding on to until the right project comes along.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 2455 days ago

Oh, I forgot to mention… the finish is Danish oil followed by 5 coats of wipe-on satin poly.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 2455 days ago

Nice work, Charlie. Why can’t you get Cherry there?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 2455 days ago

Thomas, anything besides yellow pine, fir, and oak was hard to find in New Orleans before Katrina. The couple of places I know of that did handle hardwoods are out of business. But maybe I just haven’t run across the right place yet. Now that I think about it, I’ll ask my neighbor Cajunpen if he has any sources.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 2455 days ago

After I asked , I looked to see where you are. It occured to me that the storm had something to do with it. It should be getting better pretty soon. We can only pray.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 2455 days ago

Steve, it is called a cherry writing desk because it is used by monks who inscribe bible verses on cherries with teeny-tiny pens. :-)

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

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mrtrim

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#15 posted 2455 days ago

well maybe YOU should be in the hardwood business charlie ! my supplier can get ya about anything you want
look up weiss hardwoods on the net.

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