Curly maple desk

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Project by Ryan posted 10-23-2010 07:15 PM 4999 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Curly maple desk.
I started this project this February. Now I think it’s finished.
It’s been delayed because of surgeries as I posted before. I had two hands surgereis and one big lumbar surgery on early October. Back and hands problems are enough excuse for delay, I think.
When I move around desk parts, I used small dolly to avoid heavy load on my hands and back.
I’m really happy I finish it this year.

I bought one big panel of heavily curled soft maple board from local sawmill. It’s 18” wide but I thought good enough for computer desk. The top has some defects like crack, live edge and some worm holes in the front but use those as naural accent.
Drawers are dove tailed, and don’t have any track, it just slides inside of the boxed frame. Back side is also finished because my belief is good furniture must have nice looking back side too.

I planned to use this desk on family room just like sofa table for laptop use, but my wife wants it as a hall table for display. So I think, have to make one more.

Size: 52”x18”x30”(H)
Drawer pull is palm tree and all dark wood is walnut.
Finished with tung oil and danish oil mixture one time.
Planning to finish with danish oil 2-3 times.

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 07:18 PM

Very nice. I like the design.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 07:20 PM

I like it, If been thinking of a raw edged simple desk and i think you nailed it.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 07:54 PM

Very nice look. The contrasting colors and textures work well together.

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 08:02 PM

Really nice desk,i love the key-lockĀ“s and the design :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 10:20 PM

Great project. The butterfly keys are a nice, yet practical touch.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 10:45 PM


-- 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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#7 posted 10-24-2010 01:12 AM

Nice work. Hope you continue to recover!

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 02:42 AM

Unique desk a very special design

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 03:16 AM

Super nice. Definitely a one of a kind.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#10 posted 12-02-2010 07:29 PM

Nice table! I like the contrast and the material choices. Beautiful work! One question though, how did design and allow for the top to float with the changes in humidity?

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#11 posted 12-07-2010 06:44 AM

Wonderful, wonderful design.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#12 posted 12-16-2010 06:53 PM

The top is attached with 8-shape hardware, which allosws movement.
It looks like four black tops hold the top but it’s not.
There is a gap between the black top and table top.
Thanks you for looking.

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