a wide board walnut desk

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Project by dan mosheim posted 04-18-2011 04:44 AM 2244 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

we delivered this 26” x 62” desk last friday … we all had a great time getting it together. it’s the latest addition to our ‘bethlehem steel’ series of pieces. the houndstooth dovetails were a challenge. sam and i had to adjust the leg shapes a couple of times in the process to make them ‘work’ with the piece, and the actaully process of dovetailing something 26” wide and 62’ long took a little figuring out too … it’s really just a big drawer with little drawers inside it, but it took a minute to figure come up with the best construction method … design by all of us; woodworking construction by will; metal work by sam and i …. more pictures and info and a (very) short video of part of the dovetailing process on our dorset custom furniture blog.

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 04:51 AM

Dan, That’s a very handsome piece. The walnut is absolutely beautiful.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 04:53 AM

Outstanding desk a great design,so well done.

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 05:01 AM

True Craftsmen working together to create such a wonderful piece ! Seeing the grain continuation throughout the piece is truly remakable : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 05:20 AM

Love it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 05:39 AM

I always love your projects, as well as your website.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 06:23 AM

Nice workmanship!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 01:20 PM

Bases loaded Home Run. A true thing of beauty. Thanks for posting it.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#8 posted 04-18-2011 01:47 PM

The industrial look that is becoming so popular is really not my thing but, man, that desk is beautiful!! I could become a convert if it all looked that good.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 02:19 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship Dan! I absolutely love the hounds tooth joinery.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 02:58 PM

The legs are awesome! Simply beautiful, Dan! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 04-18-2011 11:47 PM

Great looking table, did you put a finish on the steel to keep it from rusting?

-- Dan Wiggins

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dan mosheim

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#12 posted 04-19-2011 02:38 AM

thank you all for your comments … i will pass them on to my sons and the other guys in the shop. regarding the metal finish, the plasma cut angle iron is first sanded to 120, then treated with a surfin product called ‘redi brown’, which makes brass brown and steel black. next that chemical is neutralized with baking soda and water, and then we put two coats of a paint extender called Penetrol wiped on and allowed to dry over night between coats. the penetrol does a good job of resisting rust in an indoor situation. thanks again … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#13 posted 04-19-2011 06:06 PM

Very Nice. I love simply elegant. Just a thought…switch the left and right drawers. To me it looks as if the crotch figure would flow nicer across the front of this beautiful desk/table.


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#14 posted 04-20-2011 08:41 PM

Very intriguing, all the way around, from the design, to the execution of mating all the details up into one coheisvely artistic piece.

I like the drawer fronts as they make the fish appear as though they are swimming upstream. Maybe that was a happy accident, but it looks purposeful to me.

-- 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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#15 posted 04-21-2011 02:55 AM

Gorgeous, it’s projects like this that got me restarted in blacksmithing to accent woodworking. Another SUCCESS.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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