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Walnut Pedestal Desk with Internal Cable Management

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Project by jjagerson posted 10-08-2018 06:11 PM 689 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this desk from mostly solid walnut and maple for two reasons. First, I am very tall and desks (especially desks with drawers) hit me in the knees and it drives me crazy. Second, I HATE cable-mess and I have a ton of peripherals. So this desk hides all the cables, laptop, and such in the drawers and behind the removable back panels.

The outside, side of each pedestal and the corresponding drawer sides are all at a 5-degree angle. I thought this would make it feel a little lighter and not so “massive”. The drawer pulls are Gabon ebony and I mortised them into the flush mounted drawers. The sides are all frame and panel and I cut the wood for the panels on my bandsaw so I could try to bookmatch them wherever possible.

I got all the wood at my local woodworker’s store (Johnson Bros) and almost all the walnut was the really knotty, cheap stuff they get from fruit trees. I liked it though and it was very inexpensive. I filled most of the small voids with epoxy but there was this really large hole in one of the boards for the top. I also like to repair old watches and so I took an old movement and some gold letters for my initial and my wife and embedded it in epoxy and finished it flat. It is kind of fun to look at during the day.

Anyway, if you have any questions, I am happy to answer them. Hopefully, you enjoy the pictures.





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#1 posted 10-08-2018 07:06 PM

nice work just gorgeous.i love buying the cheap grade hardwoods just for the fact you get more knots and defects,much more interesting than clear straight grain and saves money.

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#2 posted 10-08-2018 10:47 PM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

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#3 posted 10-09-2018 01:45 AM

NIce looking desk. I like the look of the “lesser” grades of wood so good choice.

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#4 posted 10-09-2018 10:30 AM

Fabulous!

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 11:07 AM

Gorgeous desk and I really like the character of the wood, too!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 10-09-2018 03:44 PM

Very nice. Do you like the 5 degree angle you put into the pedestals? It is hard to see and judge in the photos. Kudos for doing it, it must have added to the complexity of building them a fair bit.

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#7 posted 10-09-2018 04:17 PM



Very nice. Do you like the 5 degree angle you put into the pedestals? It is hard to see and judge in the photos. Kudos for doing it, it must have added to the complexity of building them a fair bit.

- Ottacat

Thanks! Yes, I thought it came out nice. I wish i would have taken some pics before moving it from my shop into my office. but here is a pic of the plans I made so you can see the angle. I like how it came out. It’s actually pretty subtle.

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#8 posted 10-16-2018 03:24 AM

Beautiful. I am very partial to walnut, and just finished a project which had a lot of crotch pieces. While the knots give it beauty and character, they definitely make it more challenging. You did a great job.

Is your desk all one piece now? Or do the pedestals separate? I have a one piece, solid walnut entertainment center, but I will never be able to move it more than a few feet. It will take some strong, wide backed young men to move it.

Regards,
Mark

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#9 posted 10-16-2018 02:57 PM



Is your desk all one piece now? Or do the pedestals separate? I have a one piece, solid walnut entertainment center, but I will never be able to move it more than a few feet. It will take some strong, wide backed young men to move it.

Thanks for the compliment! No, it’s in three pieces. the middle drawer is actually attached to the bottom and I built some guides that the top slides down on so that it is placed evenly and straight with respect to the pedestals. I suppose I would have had to build it in place if I wanted it all one piece. I know what you mean re – entertainment center. I have considered building one several times but I can’t think of how I would move it around when needed.

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