Writing Desk

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Project by Billp posted 1101 days ago 1870 views 10 times favorited 24 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 1101 days ago

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 1101 days ago

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 1101 days ago


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 1101 days ago

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 1101 days ago

This is really great for both of you.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 1101 days ago

what kinda finish did you use? it looks perrrrdy

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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#7 posted 1101 days ago

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

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#8 posted 1101 days ago

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 1101 days ago

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 1101 days ago

Amazing finish, looks great.

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

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#11 posted 1101 days ago

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 1101 days ago

Very classy table, well done!

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

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#13 posted 1101 days ago

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 1101 days ago

Beautiful writing desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 1100 days ago

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

-- Dennis Zongker

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