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Project by Chris Davis posted 1218 days ago 2761 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk that was completed in March 2011. It is a custom design, designed by the customer. They were looking for something that was 60” but be a single pedestal desk and finished out on the back side. That is nothing you just go to the store and pick up.

The customer sent me a very good drawing of what they wanted. They wanted it in black. I suggest that we use oak wood in the project to give the piece a little texture. Also, since black shows every little scratch and dust, the oak helps hide that.

The legs of the piece are slightly tapered in a the bottom on the two inside edges.

Building Pictures
desk ready for finish
Front view of desk
back. The large panel was removed

Notice in the finished pictures there is no large back panel. It was a mistake (I know hard to believe I make mistakes) and was removed before finishing.

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11 comments so far

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#1 posted 1218 days ago

Great job. Nice, elegant design. Too bad your customer wanted to cover up the oak with black. But it’s a sale.

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Chris Davis

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#2 posted 1218 days ago

Actually the oak was my idea. It has to be one of my favorite finishes. Oak is a beautiful wood and normally I do stain it, but the texture on painted projects is wonderful. Here another project that I did the same to: http://www.wwbeds.com/vintage_locker.htm

I see your point. It is kind of like distressing a perfectly good piece of furniture.

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Neil Davis

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#3 posted 1218 days ago

I think it looks great. The grain really pops out even with the black.

I am curious, did you paint or stain to get the black. I am building a dining table and the wife wants it black. I have tried the water base stains but it does not cover like yours appears to be.

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1218 days ago

Nice job! I agree that black works really well with oak.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Beginningwoodworker

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#5 posted 1218 days ago

Nice looking desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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n8er

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#6 posted 1218 days ago

i love the finish would you mind telling me what you used. i am looking for a black finish for two large oak cabinets. thanks,

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Chris Davis

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#7 posted 1218 days ago

It is black lacquer in a dead flat sheen. Primed with a black lacquer undercoater.

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Chris Davis

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#8 posted 1218 days ago

I have done a very dark brown dye coat with a Minwax ebony stain to do a black effect. Little different effect but the lacquer is much easier and more forgiving.

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Broglea

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#9 posted 1218 days ago

Love it. The lacquer on the oak is awesome.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 1218 days ago

Hey Chris…nice work.. how does the bed pop out. lol.

Lee

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Chris Davis

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#11 posted 1217 days ago

So now everything I build has to have a bed involved. By the way Lee I started on that Marquetry faced murphy bed. I’ll have to blog about it.

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