West Australian Jarrah Desk

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Project by Steevo posted 12-16-2010 09:00 AM 1923 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The client wanted a desk for their computers etc. I designed the desk with vertical spindles sort of Arts & Crafts Style but was convinced to make the spindles horizontal. 110 mortise & tenon joint later Voila !! The hollow chisel mortiser got a work out. Finished with Wipe-on Poly. Natural colour. 1300mm wide, 1100 mm high, and 650mm deep. They liked it so much I got another project to make.
Today’s weather in Sydney, sunny, 80 degrees.

-- I was married by a judge.....I should have asked for a Jury

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 12:46 PM

Wow that’s a lot of mortise and tenon work and the effort was well worth it. Good job, the finish is very nice and by the way today’s weather in north Delaware is 30 degrees with a chance of snow.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 01:46 PM

Fine looking piece of furniture. Nice clean lines and a great finish.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 01:59 PM

Unique and really very eye catching piece of woodworking Steve. Beautiful design and craftsmanship. Send some warmth to the Northeastern U.S. please!

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

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 03:16 PM

I can see this piece next to a set of french doors out looking a beautiful beach. Maybe I am in serious need of a vacation and been looking at to many brochures…lol

Good stuff Steevo!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 03:16 PM

Very nice job on this piece. Style has a South Pacific feel to it, for me. I can appreciate the work that went into all of those spindles. Nice choice of wood, too. Thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 03:41 PM

Glad to hear you had a mortiser! If someone commissioned something like that I’d probably factor in the cost of the chisler so that I could buy one LOL

Next you should convince him that he needs you to make a matching chair! Imagine an A&C chair pulled up to that desk! :-D

Beautifully done!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 03:43 PM

That’s very nice and clean and an unusual design. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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

Very nice desk. I wish we could get that amount of Jarrah wood here in the States. You have such a wide variety of exceptional wood in Australia. I wish I could have taken home some of the trees they were cutting down along the road when we were there. They were eucalyptus!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 07:02 PM

Great proportions. Very easy on the eyes.

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 09:36 PM


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