Black Walnut - Birdsye Maple Desk

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Project by Wes Bunch posted 1298 days ago 1842 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk I made for my wife- The basic plan was a woodsmith project that I modified for two reasons, one to make it my own and secondly my inability to follow a plan and cut everything right the first time :) The best feature is the cloud lifts around the legs – these really give the desk an elegance. The birds eye is veneered onto some Baltic birch ply and then tongue and grooved flush with the walnut on the top. The finish is Sam Malloofs wiping finish, about 5 coats then sanded with 1000 grit paper – finished with two coats of wax. – If I made another, I would redesign the way the legs mount to the carcass of the desk. The woodsmith design is not very robust. Then again, I may not have followed the plan correctly and it is my design that is not very robust.

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#1 posted 1298 days ago

Nice work. Very elegant.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#2 posted 1298 days ago

Ab-so-LUTE-ly beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 1298 days ago

That is beautiful great wood choice

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 1298 days ago

Nice work!

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#5 posted 1298 days ago

The walnut is beautiful and the birds eye maple accents are nice.


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#6 posted 1297 days ago

Very nice! Nice design, great choice of lumber and nicely done!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#7 posted 1297 days ago

You’ve just got to love a custom made desk like that. Black walnut and maple go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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