Quarter-sawn wormy white oak computer desk

  • Advertise with us
Project by alexsutula posted 05-16-2011 06:03 AM 6309 views 23 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest finished piece. If some of the details look familiar, it’s because I used some of the details from the latest issue of Fine Woodworking. It was just good timing I guess. I got a client who wanted a traditional looking computer desk with three drawers on the top. This was essentially what I originally designed, but I added the bevels on the front apron and the edges of the top after seeing the the article. I delivered it earlier today and they loved it. It was a tight-fit getting it to their office, damn near didn’t make it. Unfortunately, I had to sellout and use metal drawer glides for the middle drawer, it was the best solution that let the drawer glide smoothly without binding and gave plenty of strength to boot.

I typically don’t like working with any oak species, but i love the way this turned out. I used my usual finish, Formby’s brand tung oil varnish mix. It measures 5’x2’6”x30”.

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

8 comments so far

View auggy53's profile


159 posts in 2286 days

#1 posted 05-16-2011 06:12 AM

very nice piece , you did good . what is it about oak that you dont like , i really like the look . about how many hours do you think you have in this project ? no one ever tells how long .


-- rick

View jumbojack's profile


1672 posts in 2230 days

#2 posted 05-16-2011 06:24 AM

Nice lines and I really like the wormy wood. I too dislike working with oak but you made the best of it. If it gets too thin it kind of crumbles. I don’t think you sold out using metal glides, especially on a drawer that wide. Nice work nice finish, great gams.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

View Dusty56's profile


11809 posts in 3294 days

#3 posted 05-16-2011 12:10 PM

What did you fill the “worm” holes with ?

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

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6823 posts in 3586 days

#4 posted 05-16-2011 01:14 PM

Hi Alex;

Very nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

View christopheralan's profile


1120 posts in 3326 days

#5 posted 05-16-2011 01:20 PM

Beautiful work!

-- christopheralan

View workerinwood's profile


2716 posts in 2674 days

#6 posted 05-16-2011 02:11 PM

Great job, nice design!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

View ward63's profile


345 posts in 2693 days

#7 posted 05-16-2011 03:59 PM

Wow! Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

View Broglea's profile


679 posts in 2697 days

#8 posted 05-16-2011 05:39 PM

Stunning. I bought that issue of FWW just to make a table like that. Yours my friend is just stunning.

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