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Project by Stephen Mines posted 02-01-2012 09:17 PM 1627 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the desks I made for a ‘horse leg barstool’ customer, an oil-ag magnate in the Bakersfield, CA area. He’d ordered quite a few horse leg bar stools, horse leg sofa back table and other horse-leg items, so when he asked if I could make him a special horse leg desk I, of course, said ‘Yes!’. This photo is of what I dubbed the Deputy’s Desk; it is a ‘rough-out’ copy of a George Washington desk with a kind of western flair, and was made to be used by my customer’s office receptionist. It’s Dims: 62” wide X 28” deep X 36” high (counting rail). The George Washington desk traditionaly has letter cubbies left and right of the writing surface but for this application it made sense to put it on the front of the long side…sort of a psychological modesty panel/barrier for the receptionist; it had a large pencil drawer and two file drawers (with false fronts to look like two drawers on each side). It was made in Western Yellow Pine; the surround rail was put together from brass lamp rod and various brass lamp parts (I was making a lot of lamps at the time!) and drawer pulls were off the shelf stuff I was currently using.
Also shown (last two photos) are shots of a horse leg sofa table (48” long X 22” deep X 30”H) and a glass top horse leg end table (31” sq X 20”H) also from my horse leg furniture collection.
The actual horse leg desk I made for my customer’s personal use was an elaborate ‘westernized’ copy of a double-sided ‘partner’s desk’ in genuine mahogany (and lots of gold-plated brass!) The ‘home office’ this guy had would feel right at home in a Dallas skyscraper! Not shown here, for another LJ project.

-- Stephen Mines (

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 09:46 PM

Never heard of that leg treatment down our way Stephen, what a great job on the desk & continuation of the theme for your customer, lovely work indeed. : ))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 10:27 PM

Stephen,what a great looking desk.My brother in-law lives in Ft. Worth TX. There are lots of great shops in the stock yards that would sell that desk for lots of bucks.

-- Billp

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#3 posted 02-01-2012 10:36 PM

sounds like a good customer interesting projects.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 11:12 PM

Hey Stephen, Nice desk! Wish the pictures were in color to show off the color/tone if the Yellow Pine. I really like the resemblance of the desk riser to the seat on a buckboard wagon. Impressive. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 02-02-2012 01:23 AM

Nice desk Stephen. Nice to see you posting again. Maybe it’s a lack of paying attention but I haven’t seen anything from you in some time.
Thanks for sharing the pictures. That a unique look to some fine furniture.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 02:29 AM

Very nice Stephen and just the right amount of humor to raise a smile.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 02-02-2012 03:08 AM

I likey. I likey it a lot. Do you do the legs much like a cabriole leg on a bandsaw?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 02-02-2012 05:52 AM

Stephen, a great looking desk. Those are cool legs. Did you make them on your lathe? Do you still have the patterns? I like the BW desk photos. The table are nice, I like the sofa table top. Glad to see you posting again.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 02-02-2012 06:16 AM


Perfect for the cowboy theme! It’s good to see another project from you; hadn’t seen one for a while.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 02-04-2012 01:39 AM

Very cool!! Interesting to explore visually. Great design idea, very well done, Wow…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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