Inlaid Desk

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Project by shipwright posted 1395 days ago 2830 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my personal desk. It was built because I needed to fit a desk into the alcove. It’s not actually a fine furniture piece, just a useful birch plywood desk that fits where it has to. That however does not mean you can’t have a little fun building it. This is my first attempt at copying a photo in inlay. I will improve but I’m satisfied with the success of the processes I was trying. The solids are Western Maple and the veneers are Spalted Western Maple (top), Red Cedar,Arbutus, Bocote and a tiny bit of Purpleheart.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 1395 days ago

Running out of superlatives here Shipwright. Hope you don’t mind. Keep it coming please…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 1395 days ago

That’s really a novel idea. And beautifully done.

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

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#3 posted 1395 days ago

I like that desk a lot. I don’t know anything about the inlay process other than knowing that some other LJ use it on various projects but it does look like you did a great job on the doors to me. The closeup picture of the door really brings the quality to your eyes. Thanks

-- 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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#4 posted 1395 days ago

wow…killer job!

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#5 posted 1392 days ago

looks pretty fine to me

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 1103 days ago

For a first time, man that looks awesome, The desk top looks great too, its a shame that you have to cover it up with papers or a keyboard once and in a while!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#7 posted 69 days ago

More nice work from my favorite marquetry wizard. I always look forward to your posts.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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