Walnut Desk

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Project by Reaper621 posted 01-09-2012 10:25 AM 2193 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Please disregard the mess… I still need to clean my basement…

This is a desk I built for myself, to use in my law firm (obviously, the current position is not the final resting place). Eventually, this desk will have a much larger brother, but that’s to come later this year. I have been doing carpentry in some fashion since I was 5 – 21 years now, and over the years, my father and I have picked up numerous tools and techniques.

Construction is solid walnut, with 4 coats of catalyzed lacquer finish. I was unhappy with the finish, and later this week will be applying some wipe on poly to the top, and buffing it out. Each of the sides is made with 2 raised panels, and the back has 3 raised panels. The top measures 34×60, and the whole unit sits 31 inches tall. I do have quite an overhang (3 inches, 5 in back), but that was just a personal preference, and I am quite happy with it. The two side panels are glued up, and the rest is assembled using pocket hole screws. (After gluing the two sides, I figured a 3 panel would be a pain)

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 03:50 PM

Very nice!

The walnut wood for this desk would be astronomical where I live. Beautiful wood!

It’s handy to have some practical skills, isn’t it?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 03:55 PM

Nice work, looks great!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 04:32 PM

Very nice desk! Welcome to LJ !

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 04:41 PM

Very nice walnut. Better to have a large overhang than a large hangover. LOL

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 05:08 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. The desk looks wonderful, especially since walnut is my hands down favorite species. I could see how the back overhang could be very useful for clients signing documents or reading on their side of the desk.
Keep up the good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 01-09-2012 05:47 PM

Outstanding. I love walnut and I love this desk. Really shows off a lot of bf of my favorite wood.

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

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#7 posted 01-09-2012 09:00 PM

Very nice build. Have you considered placing a piece of glass on top of the work surface to protect it from indentations?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 01-09-2012 10:27 PM

Love that walnut ,a fine looking desk great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 12:04 AM

Thanks! I appreciate all the comments!

I have to agree with the general consensus – this wood is beautiful. After years (over a decade) of preferring oak, I finally had a chance to use this majestic material, and I fell instantly in love with it. The smell, the grain, the texture – it’s a beautiful species. When I can afford to, the whole office will be replaced with walnut.

BTKS – exactly. They need to get close to that top. A client has to be comfortable when seeking counsel.

Randy – My mother has insisted I do this. I have a glass guy I go to, just need to price it out. I can report the cost here if anyone is interested?

Tom – I bet it would be incredibly expensive. Walnut usually fetches 6/bf here in Missouri, but I just happened to find a supplier who will sell to me at 2.50, surfaced to 3/4 and kiln dried. Best. Vendor. Ever. My whole desk cost me about 150 in wood.

I plan to put some of my other interesting adventures up eventually, glad to be a part of this community!

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 01:20 AM

Beautiful job! Any drawers?? You forgot to show us that part. More pics please. Very nice job with the raised panels.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 01:23 AM

I didn’t make drawers for this one. When I require drawers, I will make a set of drawers like the barrister’s bookcase plans you can find at woodcraft. I wanted the desk to be all open, so I would have plenty of room to swing my legs. (I’m quite tall, and my legs are like tree trunks. Need lots of room)

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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