a claro walnut slab desk

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Project by dan mosheim posted 11-28-2011 04:55 AM 4441 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i’m sure some of you will say ‘hey ! we saw that one here already’, and, it’s rue, i posted a dining table a few months ago that looked like this and was made from a slab from the same log and had a similar metal base … anyway, this piece is actually a desk, with drawers, and secret compartments, and a hidden tool to open the secret compartment, so it looks the same at first glance, but really, it’s different. claro walnut from goodhope hardwoods; the metal base is waterjetted locally to our specs and finished and blackened in our metal shop. as you can see, some trimming of the slab was involved. more pictures and process info on my dorset custom furniture blog ...

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 05:58 AM

Nice good looks great!!

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 06:41 AM

Another beauty from your workshop! I am planning on making a desk from a unique slab of almond.

BTW: I love those legs!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 08:25 AM

Like the walls of your shop. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-28-2011 09:10 AM

That…. is gorgeous! Love it!

-- Childress Woodworks

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#5 posted 11-28-2011 02:47 PM

Striking use of a great piece of claro.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 11-28-2011 03:09 PM

Very elegant. Love the black against the natural walnut. Beautiful natural edge softens the whole piece.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#7 posted 11-28-2011 04:47 PM

What a fantastic slab. I like the idea of secret compartments and a hidden tool, which makes it very special to the owner. One question: I don’t see expansion slots for the square frame screwed below the slab; are they there somehow, or aren’t you worried about wood movement in the slab? It is really a gorgeous piece.


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#8 posted 11-28-2011 08:32 PM

Nice! looking wood table. I like the hidden Idea! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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#9 posted 11-29-2011 04:59 AM

Very nice grain and color!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#10 posted 11-29-2011 07:05 AM

I always hate taking a chainsaw to a slab but looks like you made it work…........

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 11-29-2011 10:16 AM

very nice work i give you 4 out of 5 stars for using metal legs instead of walnut it would look better in wood and eould take moor skill to make wood legs strong enough and still elegant

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#12 posted 11-29-2011 11:06 AM

Hard to find lovely hardwood this large. I like the tiny little saw you used to trim it. LOL. Beautiful job.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#13 posted 11-29-2011 12:13 PM

Wow! What a table top and great shop as well. All thatgreat wood in there I’m jealous. LOL

Love the pic witht he chain saw as well how cool is that? Always fun to look at you creations.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 11-29-2011 11:07 PM

very nice
job well done

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#15 posted 11-30-2011 05:15 AM

thank you all for your comments … they are much appreciated … it was a great piece of wood and the secret compartments are always fun. dan

-- dan,vermont,

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