2 Desks, 1 Cup

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Project by iozl posted 10-20-2010 06:47 AM 3134 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently completed two desks – one for myself and another for a family member.

The first one was made from English Walnut while the 2nd one was made with local Oregon Black Walnut (both purchased locally). I saw the design from a company in the UK and went with it – I like the cantilevered look at the back.

The top was made from upholstery grade cowhide – I had never worked with leather before, but it’s actually not too bad. I found out that just as the wood suppliers have rules about what one can cut from a single board, so too do leather goods stores not allow you to take only a portion of a hide – you can cut length-wise but not width-wise. OK… Learned something new.

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 07:58 AM

Wow! Spectacular desks iozl. The dovetail corners in particular are a nice accent. I prefer the black walnut one myself, but they’re both beautiful. Seeing the two of them together is cool as it shows how choice of wood can totally change the feel of a design.
What finish did you use?
Awesome work!


PS-I see no cup, or is the title a reference to the infamous video clip?

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 08:38 AM

awesome title, i got it as soon as i saw it.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 11:37 AM

Very interesting and unique desk iozl. Amazing craftsmanship considering all of the joinery and angles. And the wood really sings. A project to be proud of for sure and thanks for letting us see it!

By the way, I’ve had some luck buying smaller sizes of fine leather at car detailing shops. Not sure if this is an option for you but I thought I would at least mention it.

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

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 01:57 PM

Beautiful!! Great design and build.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 03:02 PM

Very nice set of desks here. Not sure I can say I like one better than the other, as I like certain things about each.

I’ll say this: I’d be more than happy with either one of them!

Chip, good tip on procuring smaller amounts of leather.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 04:13 PM

I really like the design of this desk! A lot of woodworkers try to avoid buying walnut with too much sapwood, but I think the sapwood gave your piece an added dimension (especially on the drawer fronts). Thanks for posting.

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#7 posted 10-20-2010 05:11 PM

I agree with Daiku. I now look for the sapwood with walnut for added character.

Very nice desks indeed.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#8 posted 10-21-2010 01:51 PM

Great looking desks. I like the cantilevered look as well.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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