Small Walnut and Oak Desk

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Project by vicrider posted 1449 days ago 2422 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The book matched desktop was crafted from a wormy billet of grown-in-Washington walnut (striking color in this western tree) that I found in a farmer’s yard, and some oak that had traveled from S. Dakota. The size of the billet pretty much determined the size of the desk. The oak had been rough milled to 3/4”, so when planed it was only 1/2” stock. It has some strange growth patterns that don’t show up to well in the photo’s. The aprons are the same oak laminated up to 1” stock. The legs and upper supports were made from purchased walnut; not as striking as the top. The top and bottom of the upper section are dovetailed to the sides with 1/8” maple pins locating each divider. Apron leg joints are mortise and tenon. The drawer is lock jointed and sports a hand made pull. Runners are mortised into the inside of the front and back aprons. The top is held on with oak clips in dadoes.

This little desk is one of my favorite compositions. It was built in the early eighties. I did not have a commission for this piece; it was built to practice joinery and determine if my execution held up to my imagination. I got some of the design inspiration from the FW Design Book II (1979). Very recently refinished.

I have some remarks in my blog about the refinish process on this piece.

-- vicrider

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#1 posted 1449 days ago

Very impressive looking piece Vicrider, I like the soft looking design and warm glow of the finish. It looks comfortable just looking at it and yet functional at the same time,well done !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 1449 days ago

Thanks, Rob,

I forgot to mention that the top supports are pinned to the top structure with brass pins and are screwed to the desktop from underneath. It all comes apart for shipping. I had to consider dis-assembly in my design ‘cause I new I would be moving.


-- vicrider

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#3 posted 1449 days ago

That came out beautiful!
I’ve favorited it to make in the future.
The design is really cool!
Thanks for posting it.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 1449 days ago

Nice job,. I see you 45ed your deck:-)) So did I. Did a room in the house like that too because you walk into it at that angle.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 1449 days ago

Hey I like your desk better! Your designs blow me away! I’ll get to your level one day.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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#6 posted 1449 days ago

Thats a really beautiful work, so elegant, and fine details.
Thank you for showing.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 1449 days ago

i really like the support holding up the pigeon holes.

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#8 posted 1449 days ago

Fantastic! I love all the details and the rounded edges…. it has a very unique flavor.

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

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#9 posted 1449 days ago

Absolutely beautiful work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 1449 days ago

Thanks everyone!


-- vicrider

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#11 posted 1449 days ago

beautiful desk.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#12 posted 1449 days ago

Thats a beautiful desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 1449 days ago

Great looking desk …........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#14 posted 1449 days ago

great desk – love the combination of wood tones, and the design is nice.

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#15 posted 1448 days ago

Nice build. I really like the design you have have there. The little details you have going on throughout the piece are cool.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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