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Project by Marcial posted 01-02-2019 05:55 AM 851 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been absent from LJ’s for a while. Just too much stuff going on, including several wood working projects. It is a new year and, while not completely done, close enough to delay the finishing touches for a while. This desk incorporated the drawers and top from my old desk which had served me well for almost 40 years. I had thought about updating it for a while and late October began, thinking I would be done by Thanksgiving weekend. A number of modifications to the original design as my dry-labbing skills are not what I’d like them to be- kind of in the same level as my estimate of time for completion. Also, I got greedy with the number of tasks I wanted the piece to do; writing desk, document storage, photo equipment storage and matting board work area and equipment storage (thus the jack for raising and lowering the top surface area and the 50 inch middle drawer). Using a live edge slab with breadboard ends for stabilization and aesthetics was also a modification that came about while visiting the local Woodcrafters.
I’m happy with the end result; fortunately for me, DW is also.





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#1 posted 01-02-2019 11:56 AM

beautiful and quite the endeavor

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-02-2019 02:41 PM

Wow, very cool elements on that desk. Nice job working all the elements together.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 01-02-2019 06:44 PM

Nice!

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#4 posted 01-02-2019 07:44 PM

That is just way, WAY too cool. I have a desk build on the horizon sometime in the next year, and I am definitely saving this to the favorites. I don’t think it can ever be reproduced, but what an inspiration!

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#5 posted 01-02-2019 08:39 PM

Nice!
What species is the slab?

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#6 posted 01-03-2019 09:32 AM

Hi there,
What a wonderful room you have created for your self there, such wonderful athmosphere and light.
I think the room and the desk suits each other, that it has a wonderful MASTER’s desk about it.
Yes naturally you had to have camera storage. ;-)
All is so harmonic and so much you!
I still smile often thinking of your visit in Copenhagen, it will be a fine memory in my life thank you.
Best of my thoughts and happy new year,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Marcial

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#7 posted 01-04-2019 05:57 AM

Thanks to all for looking in and for your very kind words.
@avsmusic1- it’s western maple. Beautiful figuring but not exactly quarter sawn stability. However, the slab was the right size and price plus was sanded flat. I had wanted to do a project with a live edge component so we’ll see how it holds up.
@Mads, our Holiday card had one of the photo’s you took as the cover. We received a number of rave reviews on it. Our time with you stays in our memories and in those photos. In the near future, I’ll post a blog about our wood-centric experiences in Denmark including our time with you.

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#8 posted 01-04-2019 06:29 AM

This is great. I love the jack to raise and lower the desk. It looks cool and it’s functional. I’m wanting to eventually get around to making a sit/stand desk with a manual crank like that. How are you accomplishing this? Does the central crank support the entire top, or do you have some sort of peg stops on the corner posts to help once in position?

-- Never stop learning.

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Marcial

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#9 posted 01-13-2019 07:25 PM



This is great. I love the jack to raise and lower the desk. It looks cool and it s functional. I m wanting to eventually get around to making a sit/stand desk with a manual crank like that. How are you accomplishing this? Does the central crank support the entire top, or do you have some sort of peg stops on the corner posts to help once in position?

- GLENNpm


Thanks for looking in. The crank only helps to support the middle. Because of the design, there is some “English” required to keep the top balanced while raising and lowering. Once done there are set screws to hold the corner supports in place.

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#10 posted 01-13-2019 07:43 PM

A very cool looking desk also love the light above it GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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