formal mission credenza desk companion

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Project by Dusty posted 02-16-2007 07:51 PM 2542 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for a companion piece of mission furniture – to go alone with my mission desk for my front library office. I couldn’t find what I wanted – but found a plan close to my needs and style I required. . The first one these I built didn’t work out at all. It turned out to be very unstable and not all that functional. It is currently being used to store parts in my pen shop.

I then went back to the drawing board and this is the result.

Once I redesigned the piece, and made a mortise and tenon frame, that was functional and didn’t interfere with the look I wanted – the piece was fairly easy to make. It took me about 4 days. This is one time the sanding and staining process took longer than the building of the project.

I used hand forged copper hinges and pulls for the hardware. I then added my own stain glass inserts on the doors to match the look and other colors and furniture I have in my front library office in my home.

The doors are constructed with my own mission design I came up with to hold my glass works. The drawers are made using both dovetails and maple hard wood runners in the construction.

There are no nails or screws in this project. Only old fashion joinery is used to build all my furniture whenever possible.

It is 19 inches wide 33 inches wide and 51 inches long. It is made with red oak, and finished using my 12 step mission staining process that I use to continue the same consistent color of all the other mission furniture I have in my home.


-- Dusty

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#1 posted 02-16-2007 11:52 PM

Just beautiful work. With my grandkids I’d have to think twice about glass on the doors…well maybe just once!

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#2 posted 02-17-2007 12:09 AM

Very nice Dusty, its on my list to build something along these lines one of these days (…as he brazenly tries to estimate dimensions and proportions from the window behind and the rug in front…) I callously admit that I have no talent when it comes to design and I steal good design where I can – Thanks Dusty!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 02-17-2007 12:17 AM


Thank you. and no sence estimateing just ask what ever you want I will tell you. I try help when I can. I am flattered when someone likes something I have and wants to try use it or even copy it.


-- Dusty

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#4 posted 02-17-2007 12:19 AM


I think you would be very surprised how strong that glass is. Its a hand forged temered art glass that you could fall agains and not break. Many times when I cut it I have to use my tack hammer to strike it to get it to follow the cut lines.


-- Dusty

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#5 posted 02-17-2007 02:33 AM

so gorgeous Dusty, you make me hate myself :P

-- Cheers

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#6 posted 02-17-2007 04:58 AM

I really like the hardware that you used. It accents the piece nicely.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 02-17-2007 08:20 AM

Awesome work Dusty. I imagine your home is quite the showcase of your talent. What a wondeful combination of wood and glass. I think your stepped out from a different time!


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#8 posted 02-17-2007 06:25 PM

Another beautifully designed, & built piece by you. I admire everything I’ve seen of yours so far.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 02-18-2007 04:22 AM

Dusty – this is terrific! What a tribute to your craftsmanship these pieces are. I love the way they are utilized in your home to showcase this design genre. And to think you hand craft the glass as well as the hardware makes me appreciate that you are truely an Arts & Crafts master.

By the way – I love the mantle radio.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 02-18-2007 05:18 AM


Thank you.

One of the reasons I pursued learning stained glass was it gave me flexibility to my wood working projects. It afforded me the opportunity to pursue building authentic Arts and Crafts and Mission furniture with out having to have some one else do the glass work.

I feel this also has made me a better craftsman. By that I mean – it has not only expanded my woodworking skills but given me a lot of new options. It also has made me a lot more knowledgeable about different periods of furniture.It forcied me to research various projects.

I”m also the type of person who needs to keep reinventing myself along with new challenges – to not only keep me interested- but moving forward with learning new skills. It also has provided me a lot more options for practicing the craft and making my home a little more interesting.


-- Dusty

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#11 posted 02-18-2007 06:59 AM

Ditto on all the above comments. I love how the glass compliments this piece, as well as the others you’ve done. From a distance, at least in the small picture, it seems that the glass could be a veneered panel, but using glass adds a lightness and whole new dimension to your work. Great eye for combining materials.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 02-24-2007 06:00 AM

Very nice piece, and really good looking


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#13 posted 02-26-2007 12:00 AM

Quote Dusty: ”It also has provided me a lot more options for practicing the craft and making my home a little more interesting.”

Dusty, from what I;ve seen of your home, I can’t imagine a home that would interest me more.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 04-14-2007 04:47 AM

Bee-yoo-ti-ful piece. Great design, great finish and super wood. The end panels are drop-dead gorgeous.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 04-14-2007 05:30 AM

Dusty another great project. I love the design. Maybe you need to post the unused one so we can compare the differences.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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