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Project by WoodWorkLIFE posted 02-06-2018 09:55 PM 1353 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys,

I have been working out of that closet for a while now, and it was time to build myself a big boy desk, and I had to “do it big” as they say/ So I grabbed a GIANT American Black Walnut slab and well…waited. I knew I wanted a giant dovetail waterfall side, sort of inspired by Jimmy DiResta’s giant dovetail bench and a steel side, but I was having trouble getting the idea off of the sheet of paper and into the real world. Until finally I just started hacking away. This project was not without its toils, but the end product, BEAUTIFUL. The desk is just the start though, oh the things I am going to do to it…just you wait.

Let me know what you think.


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-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com





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pottz

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#1 posted 02-07-2018 12:40 AM

nice looking desk,love the dovetail s on this piece and a great job creating the waterfall.the only thing i might have done would be to have filled the knot on top with some black epoxy to make a completely smooth top.maybe a floating drawer would have worked too.i like the finish also.but overall i love it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 02-07-2018 03:03 AM

Very nice, clean lines.

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#3 posted 02-07-2018 06:42 AM

So awesome metal wood combination. I like the live adge combined with butterfly inlay.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 04:16 PM

Incredible use of that slab, the “waterfall edge” is genius, the bow ties work well with it. The contrasting woods are magical, just another check mark along the way to wood-worked Nirvana.

That said I am not sure if I am such a fan of the metal part of this, and feel something done in an Oxbow or bell shaped look would have matched the flourishes you made with the wood, mainly that inspired cut in, to follow the line of the top.

Loved the video, it helped with understanding as you went. On the sanding put me down as just one quick shot of all the tools and shapes you used for the “sanding” then a quick mention that total time on sanding was…......... We all know it is moving something over a woods surface, so seeing it done doesn’t help much, but sometimes a lot of good info can be imparted in showing all the tools you used. Noobs might ask questions, then you can say, wellll….. I think mentioning the TIME spent is important so the Noobs know it isn’t 30 seconds of sanding and you are done. Saying you spent 6, 10, or 24 hours sanding is important if they want to get the finished project looking like it is indeed finished.

An aside to this is if you are looking for video count on your tube, then you might consider a, just sanding, shaping, and finishing vid. An assemblage of parts from several projects, with several different challenges, sort of a “best of sanding” type of thing. I don’t recall seeing something like that on you tube. Actually it could be of several different types of processes, IE: sand, cut, drill, shape, etc etc.

Awesome post with both, great pics, and a video with explanation of what you were doing, and THINKING as you progressed. I sort of feel like I watched you improve as a woodworker watching as you essentially taught yourself a few new ideas. Your progression through cutting those big DTs was excellent. I have to admit using a multi tool never crossed my mind until I saw you do it.

I’ll give a few insights that may be something for you, or others to consider.

When removing that kind of waste from DTs you can clamp an angled tall fence as a 90* reference point, then use a Forstner bit in a low speed, heavy, hand held, drill. Depth can be measured just as you did with a piece of blue tape. Using the reference fence you will be able to keep the drill angle correct, and the Forstners cut leaving a flat bottomed hole. What could be better for 1/2 blinds. You can purposely set the fence so that it is almost impossible to drill out too much by putting the fence over your cut line, and then using a sharp chisel to pare off the rest to your line.

Harbor Freight. ALWAYS buy the tool the same day you plan to start using it, and work straight through. If it dies you can bring it back for a no quibble refund/replacement for 30 days. After 30 days of trying to destroy it, you can be able to pass judgement to tell others if it’s a JEWEL or not. I’ve often been delighted by their “junk” tools, and admit it’s the first place I look if the tool won’t be a frequently used one, who am I kidding, I have a few of their tools that I use all the time.

-- Think safe, be safe

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WoodWorkLIFE

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 04:30 PM



nice looking desk,love the dovetail s on this piece and a great job creating the waterfall.the only thing i might have done would be to have filled the knot on top with some black epoxy to make a completely smooth top.maybe a floating drawer would have worked too.i like the finish also.but overall i love it.

- pottz

I might still do that, It was actually inner bark rather than a knot, or well there was a knot too. I know conventional wisdom is to create a pristine smooth surface, but this desk is for me, and I love wood. So I just broke the edges of the inner bark and made sure the knot was stable then ran with it. That to me is one of the joys of slab/live edge furniture is deciding which natural “flaws” to leave it.

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com

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WoodWorkLIFE

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#6 posted 02-07-2018 04:36 PM



Incredible use of that slab, the “waterfall edge” is genius, the bow ties work well with it. The contrasting woods are magical, just another check mark along the way to wood-worked Nirvana.

That said I am not sure if I am such a fan of the metal part of this, and feel something done in an Oxbow or bell shaped look would have matched the flourishes you made with the wood, mainly that inspired cut in, to follow the line of the top…

I wish more people like you watched my videos. Such great insight. I basically see my harbor freight tool purchases as rentals. Drive them like there stolen, abuse them, run them hard, and if they still work I am pleasantly surprised if they die, but the tool was necessary to my workflow I buy a better one that will hopefully last.

As for the feedback on the steel leg, I totally see where you are coming from, looking at a congruence in the design and playing lines off of each other for a piece that compliments it’s own lines. What I was going for was contrast, the organic shape of the live edge leg with the rigid squareness of the steel. This plays into the plans I have for this desk in the near future. The things I am going to do to this slab of walnut might get me banned from this group :)

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com

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WoodWorkLIFE

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 04:37 PM



So awesome metal wood combination. I like the live adge combined with butterfly inlay.

- majuvla

It was a glorious piece of design out of necessity, form following function. I love the contrasting materials. I may try out more projects with such contrast.

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com

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WoodWorkLIFE

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#8 posted 02-07-2018 04:39 PM



nice looking desk,love the dovetail s on this piece and a great job creating the waterfall.the only thing i might have done would be to have filled the knot on top with some black epoxy to make a completely smooth top.maybe a floating drawer would have worked too.i like the finish also.but overall i love it.

- pottz

Thanks brotha,

I think it turned out pretty sweet. I too wish I would’ve used epoxy both for a better fit and a more invisible glue joint. I still might fill some of the imperfections, but maybe they are just that…perfectly imperfect.

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com

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pottz

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#9 posted 02-07-2018 06:06 PM


nice looking desk,love the dovetail s on this piece and a great job creating the waterfall.the only thing i might have done would be to have filled the knot on top with some black epoxy to make a completely smooth top.maybe a floating drawer would have worked too.i like the finish also.but overall i love it.

- pottz

Thanks brotha,

I think it turned out pretty sweet. I too wish I would ve used epoxy both for a better fit and a more invisible glue joint. I still might fill some of the imperfections, but maybe they are just that…perfectly imperfect.

- WoodWorkLIFE

i hear ya, i love imperfect wood and often buy lower grades just to get the sap wood,knots and bark others work hard at cutting out.i look forward to your plans on what is too come of it-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 02-07-2018 09:22 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful desk and so nicely done. The wood is outstanding and the workmanship shows a lot of craftsmanship.

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

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

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Roger

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#11 posted 02-08-2018 12:59 PM

Very slick

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#12 posted 02-10-2018 12:26 AM

Great looking waterfall desk—that slab is beautiful!

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

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