Writing Desk

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Project by Billp posted 07-22-2011 06:52 PM 2451 views 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is for my Grand Daughter Alli, she has gotten straight A’s for two straight yrs. and received an award called Highest Honors just recently. The desk is Genuine Mahogony Peruvian Walnut and the legs are inset with Waterfall Bubinga (veener). I got the ideas for the legs for a project by John Fry called Veenering Extravganza John is a Master.

-- Billp

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 07-22-2011 06:58 PM

Fantastic finish – great job and sure she will love it.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 06:59 PM

Outstanding Desk and very fitting tribute for your grand daughter, this piece has heirloom written all over it, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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John Fry

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#3 posted 07-22-2011 07:09 PM


This is a very attractive table, and your legs came out beautifully! The proportion is great. Everything ties in perfectly. The top’s edge profile, the reveal from leg block to apron is just right.

You should be very proud. If you have, or can get some better lit close ups of your legs, I would love to see them. I’ve always loved that leg design.

Keep up the great work!


-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#4 posted 07-22-2011 07:15 PM

You must be very proud of your granddaughter. It is wonderful when young folks realize the need for academic excellence.

I know she will cherish this table and I’ll bet it is destined to become a family heirloom.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-22-2011 07:27 PM

This is really great for both of you.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 07-22-2011 07:36 PM

what kinda finish did you use? it looks perrrrdy

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 07-22-2011 08:14 PM

Nice glossy top! Can you get into detail of how you achieved that?

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#8 posted 07-22-2011 08:33 PM

Very nice job. I agree with the others please let us know how you finished the top it is exquisite!

-- Docopac (a carpenter in a different medium)

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 08:42 PM

Whoa, Bill….. this is a fantastic piece! I love the style, color, and finish.

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

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#10 posted 07-22-2011 09:34 PM

Amazing finish, looks great.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#11 posted 07-22-2011 09:42 PM

Wow! This is a spectacular piece. It’s not my particular style, but I recognize it as expertly executed in its style. The leg veneer is a really special touch that adds so much to the charm of the piece. The color is exactly the one I’m always trying to reproduce. It’s very lovely.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 07-22-2011 11:38 PM

Very classy table, well done!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#13 posted 07-23-2011 03:53 AM

The finish is Target waterbased varnish on the top and lacquer on the legs and sides. The sides are actually smoother then the top. The secret is Micro Mesch. The legs and sides have been finished from 120 grit to 12,000 grit. The top is finished to 8,000 grit. For the method check out Charles Niel on you tube Micro Mesh. Talk about smooth.

-- Billp

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#14 posted 07-23-2011 05:52 AM

Beautiful writing desk.

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Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 07-24-2011 12:45 AM

You Go Bill!!! Beautiful Table! And for a great reason!

-- Dennis Zongker

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