Giant Makore Desktop

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 1401 days ago 1745 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project in and of itself!

Purchased 175 bd/ft of figured makore recently including one slab that was 2” thick x 36” wide x 17’6” long. Zero knots, natural edge with some amazing texture. I had the boards cut and milled on location (in Cincinnati) and then joined two pieces (book match-style) for a desk top that is 42” wide x 6’ long.

I had to essentially finish the top before moving on to anything else, as it took up my entire workshop space that my table saw occupies. Lots of sanding (with dust ventilator) and filing by hand of the natural inclusions on the sapwood got me to a finish that included 6 coats of wipe on poly with 1500 grit and naptha between coats.

It weighs well over 100 pounds. I’ll post the completed base design next with the whole thing together in a couple of months.

If there is anyone coming to Cincinnati over October 1-2 for the Woodworking in America Conference (N. Kentucky), I can get you the information where I purchased this wood at an absurdly low price. You can basically go through a warehouse and pick out what you want. This is only a portion of an entire 18’ boule log that is available and it is some of the best figure and chatoyance I have ever seen.

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 1401 days ago

That edge is really cool. That will be an awesome desk.

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#2 posted 1401 days ago

Wow, very nice!!! I wished i lived closer!

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#3 posted 1401 days ago

Wonderful looking wood, great job.

Please pm me the information on your wood source as I live withing driving distance to the area.


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#4 posted 1400 days ago

Cool wood and super finish

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#5 posted 1400 days ago


That is really some fabulous wood. Can’t wait to see the finished desk. Thanks for posting.


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#6 posted 1400 days ago

That’s looking beautiful, I really like how you preserved the natural edge and the sapwood contrast. Have fun at the WIA conference, I went to the one in Valley Forge last Fall and had a great time.

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#7 posted 1400 days ago

Andy, this is a wonderful looking top that you have built for the desk. I could not imagine working with a slab this size (100+ board feet). I would be hard pressed just to get it in my shop, let alone try to mill it.

I am looking forward to seeing pictures of the desk when you have it completed.

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#8 posted 1345 days ago

Beautiful wood! I would love to get some for my work!

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#9 posted 1339 days ago


I can give you the guy I bought it from if you want. He has two large boules, 10,000 bd ft probably.

-- Andy Brownell

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#10 posted 1008 days ago

That is a great looking desk top, I would love to get some of that wood for my next project.Is it still available?

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#11 posted 1008 days ago

Philip, yes, the wood is still available. Some large slabs too. One is 17’ long 2” thick and 32” wide.
If you are interested, email me at:

-- Andy Brownell

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