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Project by mjon posted 2326 days ago 6526 views 21 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk is made from solid quarter-sawn white oak. The top weighed a ton, and was hand-planed. The drawers feature hand-cut dovetails and the square pegs are ebony from recycled piano keys. The finish was first dyed with a Mission Walnut dye, and then I followed that with two coats of dark Danish oil, followed up by two sealer coats of Waterlox, followed up by four coats of a linseed/beeswax mixture. On the top I used Waterlox high-gloss, and then buffed it all out for a nice sheen. The dye really makes the quarter-sawn oak pop. I’ve made several pieces for this customer, and this is the way I’ve done all of their pieces. Stain is evil, stain is bad—but it works for Mission-style furniture, so what can I say?

Thanks for all your great comments – What was that I read about Ellvis and Norm in the same sentence?





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2326 days ago

Great job. Seems that a lot fine hand work went into it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Greg3G

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#2 posted 2326 days ago

Wow! Boy did that grain pop. I love the finish. I like the hardware as well. Great job.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2326 days ago

This is a wonderful table. The joinery looks good and the finish brings out the best qualities of the wood.

Very nice project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dano

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#4 posted 2326 days ago

Sweet, I like it, only wish I had some place to put a piece like it.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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Max

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#5 posted 2326 days ago

That turned out really nice. I like quarter sawn white oak a lot and use it in most all of my projects. Great craftsmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 2326 days ago

great grain selection ! you do nice work.

welcome to lumberjocks

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 2326 days ago

Outstanding job on the desk. You did a beautiful job on it. The finish really makes the piece. Thanks for posting.

Tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Dorje

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#8 posted 2326 days ago

Wow – superb job on this piece!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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cajunpen

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#9 posted 2326 days ago

Beautiful choice of wood and the finish is spectacular. I really like the clean uncluttered design of the desk – another project that allows the wood to be the star. Very Nice Work!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Robb

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#10 posted 2326 days ago

What a beautiful piece! Great craftsmanship, thanks for sharing it.

-- Robb

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Tim Pursell

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#11 posted 2326 days ago

Great desk! I agree with you—solid qswo can get very heavy—- quick!
Dye/stain combo is really the best way to get the grain to pop and showcase the Arts & Crafts style.

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/tpursell?ref=si_shop

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darryl

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#12 posted 2326 days ago

This piece is sensational, truly great work!
I love the look of the whole piece.

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Mario

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#13 posted 2326 days ago

Beautiful desk, You do great work. Thank you for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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tenontim

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#14 posted 2326 days ago

Very nice. I like the design.

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 2326 days ago

Outstanding!

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

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