|Project by Andy Brownell||posted 11-18-2010 05:04 AM||2297 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
Made from a single giant slab of South American figured Makore, this desk represented working on a really massive project in my very small shop. In fact, I didn’t realize the base was too large to make it up from the basement through the door to my upstairs, so I had to remove some of the trim to get it through the doorway successfully.
This started as a 17’ x 36” x 2” slab, and finished at 4’ wide x 6’ long x 30” tall. The table top uses two pieces cut and joined together, at 1 5/8” thick, and the legs are 3” square. The top alone weighs close to 100 lbs. The overall design uses an exposed natural edge of the sapwood that had some amazing bumps, requiring quite a bit of filing and hand work to get cleaned up and finish ready. It really invites the touch of the hand when you walk by.
All of the edges, including the clover leaf style of leg edges have quarter round detail.
The finish needs to be durable enough for my family to use daily for the next 200 years or so. I used 6 coats of wipe-on poly, with 1500 grit sanding between coats. Butchers wax finish. All bring out the chatoyance of the wood grain.
-- Andy Brownell