Pretty little writing desk in oak

  • Advertise with us
Project by tallpaul posted 1264 days ago 1736 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I should acknowledge the inspiration for this piece: a jatoba desk shown here by Adam Weiss, who was nice enough to give me a few dimensions, and some encouragement. His design is a bit simpler, and I incorporated breadboard ends, some ebony accents, and a cloudlift element from Greene and Greene. He cautioned me about going overboard with too many detail elements (rightly so), and I think I found the right balance- didn’t want to detract from the elegant lines, or lose that lightness. The drawer pulls are taken from Darryl Peart, done in ebony, and I’m pleased with the look.

I think I would use hidden drawer hardware in a subsequent version, but I’m really happy with the continuity of the quartersawn grain across the drawer fronts. When you catch it in the right light, at the right angle, it makes you smile. I like that, because it encourages you to glance at it when you walk by.

Joinery is pegged mortise and tenon. Finish is Danish oil in light walnut, then a wiping poly rubbed out with wax.

Thanks for looking!


-- tallpaul

9 comments so far

View DevinCox's profile


10 posts in 1291 days

#1 posted 1264 days ago

Very nice table! Loving the pulls and the breadboard ends.

View superstretch's profile


1482 posts in 1291 days

#2 posted 1264 days ago

Wow I really like that finish. I have a ton of QS oak, so I’ll keep that in mind

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

View tdv's profile


1114 posts in 1668 days

#3 posted 1264 days ago

That’s a beautiful desk Paul I like the ebony accents you should be justly proud

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

View BobAtl's profile


49 posts in 1291 days

#4 posted 1263 days ago

Beautiful desk! The handles are outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Atlanta

View Ryan's profile


182 posts in 1528 days

#5 posted 1263 days ago

Good design, it’s well balanced.

View Billp's profile


784 posts in 2798 days

#6 posted 1263 days ago

You really did a great job on the desk.

-- Billp

View Gator's profile


376 posts in 2274 days

#7 posted 1263 days ago

Very nice.. very nice…


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

View Tim Pursell's profile

Tim Pursell

494 posts in 2380 days

#8 posted 1263 days ago

You’ve done he style proud. Very nice desk.
Thanks for sharing it with us.



View Adam Weis's profile

Adam Weis

36 posts in 2619 days

#9 posted 1263 days ago

looks great paul. that’s some nice figure on those drawer fronts.

-- Adam,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase