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Project by Michael posted 1277 days ago 1947 views 20 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The desk is solid cherry with Mahogany plywood panels in the top. Each of the side wings lift out, not sure why but the customer wanted it that way. The corbels are cut from solid 12/4 cherry.

This was my first experience steam bending, more proof that there is almost nothing you cannot teach yourself from careful research on the internet. Initially planned to make the face out of thin glued up strips, but the try run went down in flames.

The pictures aren’t great, but if they were you would be able to see continuous grain pattern across all 3 mahogany panels, all the cherry around the panels, and the entire curved front.

-- Michael





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 1277 days ago

This is really nice! Your finish is amazing, nice touch with the base board allowing the the legs to go all the way down. This is one to be proud of.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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theken

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#2 posted 1277 days ago

Fantastic work. I really like the legs. Your customer loves it I am sure.

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Broglea

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#3 posted 1277 days ago

Wow. I like the design and the execution looks to be flawless. Nice job.

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superstretch

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#4 posted 1277 days ago

What did you use to finish? Very nice color and I was planning a shelf with the same kind of curve..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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dbray45

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#5 posted 1277 days ago

Very nice!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Michael

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#6 posted 1277 days ago

For projects like these I took it to a finisher since it had to match the cabinets next to it exactly. I think he used pre-catalyzed lacquer mixed with some stain to make a toner. I now there are several coats of a couple different colors. But that is why I stick to carpentry because finishing is a whole separate skill all by itself.

-- Michael

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 1277 days ago

That fits into the space very nicely… well done!

Do the feet basically stop at the carpet, or did you cut a square out of the carpet and take them all the way to the floor/subfloor?

The continuous grain across the top and elsewhere really adds class. It’s classy already, but that’s a nice added touch.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Splinterman

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#8 posted 1277 days ago

Hey Michael,
Sweet design and great finish…very nice job.

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tinnman65

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#9 posted 1277 days ago

Very nice work, I really like the design and your attention to detail.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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lanwater

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#10 posted 1277 days ago

Very well done. Look really good.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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RichardH

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#11 posted 1277 days ago

Beautiful piece – really unique compared to a standard desk that would otherwise fill that space.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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falegniam

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#12 posted 1277 days ago

It looks beautiful. Your customers should be calling your to build something else for sure.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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psh

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#13 posted 1277 days ago

Stunning

-- Peter, Central VA

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lightweightladylefty

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#14 posted 1277 days ago

Michael,

All around beautiful piece. Thanks for posting.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Randolph Torres

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#15 posted 1275 days ago

along the line of old traditional furniture. I would like to see this stile come back in furniture.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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