Quarter-sawn wormy white oak computer desk

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Project by alexsutula posted 05-16-2011 06:03 AM 6393 views 23 times favorited 9 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

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#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

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#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

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#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!

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

Hi Alex;

Very nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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

Beautiful work!

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

Great job, nice design!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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

Wow! Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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#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.

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#9 posted 06-21-2017 10:46 AM

Alex, this is a beautiful desk. You really did a nice job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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