Black walnut slab desk

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Project by CiscoKid posted 10-14-2010 09:21 PM 6308 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed a desk in my home office from which to work. I like black walnut slabs. Top is bookmatched with curly maple butterflys. Reinforced a crack coming from the crotch in the back with a couple more butterflys. Back and sides are 8/4, top is a full 4/4. Desk measures 7’ long. This is where I spend my days. Please excuse the mess. I really need to take the time to make a printer/scanner stand and maybe some built-in bookcases so I can get stuff off the floor. If only there were a woodworker in the house….

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 09:38 PM

How do you spend your days at a desk in an office? You’re a farmer. This desk is awesome. Now lets talk about how the heck you made it. You book matched a huge slab! How do you do that. It gotta be so heavy and did I mention enormous. And your butterflys appear to be to sharp to do with a router inlay kit. How did you do those?

Great Job

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 09:42 PM

Fantastic. A really sweet desk.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Will Mego

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 09:52 PM

Really nice. I’m a sucker for the butterflies

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 09:53 PM


“If only there were a woodworker in the houseā€¦.”. Liar Liar Pants On Fire! ....LOL…. This is one of the Best desks I’ve seen on here. Stunning!! Love the Natural Edge, Butterflies, and Black Walnut!!

The Acoustic Guitar beside the Fireplace “Ain’t To Shabby.” either. Blues? Jazz?

Thanks for posting Al.

regards: Rick

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#5 posted 10-14-2010 10:12 PM

Thanks guys. Gentleman farmer – Network Engineer to pay the bills. Work from home via secure VPN. Bought the top as a bookmatched pair, used a straightedge guide and a circular saw to make the straight matching cuts – glued it up with half a dozen biscuits and large clamps. Butterflys were done with a router inlay kit. I made the corners sharp with a Japanese chisel (I’m a sucker for nice chisels). Finished the desk in my basement, but then had to take it all apart to get it up the two flights of stairs. Took two of us to carry the top. Assembled it in place.

Guitar by the fireplace is a Gretsch 6120 – electric. I like archedtops. Look at my black walnut amplifier in my projects list to see more. Jazz, swing, blues, jump blues, some rock.

Thanks for looking!

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#6 posted 10-14-2010 10:28 PM

Great looking desk.

I also like how your “secretary” has chosen a nice sunny spot for a nap. :-)

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

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#7 posted 10-14-2010 11:16 PM

I like that…Nice.

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#8 posted 10-15-2010 01:45 AM

I’m envious. Nice desk; very nice desk.

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 10-15-2010 03:00 AM

Very nice! I love walnut slabs!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#10 posted 10-15-2010 03:39 AM

This is one gorgeous desk! The Slabs and Butterflies are outstanding!!! What did you use for the finish?

Thanks for Sharing…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 10-15-2010 04:56 AM

Really great desk.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 10-15-2010 01:48 PM

[quote] “This is one gorgeous desk! The Slabs and Butterflies are outstanding!!! What did you use for the finish?” [/quote]

Multiple coats of polyurethane, sanded between coats with 320. I wanted something that would wear well since this receives so much use.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#13 posted 10-15-2010 02:59 PM

beautiful desk, and those amps are pretty sweet too.

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#14 posted 10-15-2010 03:28 PM

Thanks! I solder the circuits up at that little table at the far end of the room. Gives me something to do while I listen in to meetings. ; )

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#15 posted 10-15-2010 08:33 PM

Fabulous desk and a great place to “spend your days”. I completely understand your guitar/amp addiction too. I played guitar for 28 years and built up my collection. I had to sell them all to finish paying for my house renovation and I still shed a tear over parting with them.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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