Carving Codes and Cocobolo

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Project by onebad posted 02-06-2012 10:06 AM 2189 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this suite of office furniture for an area businessman. It’s a desk, credenza and wall mounted cabinets. The main wood is Peruvian walnut the accents are cocobolo and black lacquer.

The design of the desk and credenza tops are a modifications of the clients logo as it would be spelled out in semaphore
That’s why the pattern is not symmetrical.

Each of the bottom panes of the glass doors has a reverse painted seal. They are the seals of clients undergrad collage, an honor society, grad school and his company logo.

Custom work like this calls for custom solutions, like a little mouse hole trimmed out in cocobolo, for the wires so a hole didn’t have to be cut in the top.

The desk and credenza have a notch that let them “envelope” you as you sit. The moulding follows the notch but, is also split so that when you open the pencil drawer of the desk or the pull out keyboard tray of the credenza, part of the moulding opens with it.

The Four credenza drawer fronts are 12 by 32 inches so I had the perfect place to carve the clients logo into each of them. I also carved the full name of the company in a section of the crown moulding.

I also inset rounded brass pins into the pull of the keyboard tray that spell the names of his three children in braille. You really don’t see it easily but every time he opens the keyboard tray he will “feel” his children.

I turned the 20 columns myself because the 8/4 stock I needed was too hard to come by to risk in anyones hands but my own. Some of the columns had a quarter removed and they were installed on outside corners. Others were split in half and installed. Still other were split and installed so that part of the column opened with the drawer. I used brass pins in the drawer fronts and mortises in the back of the column section to keep them from shifting.

I couldn’t find hardware that I felt was right so I turned the knobs.

The top and bottom of each column has a cocobolo block. The blocks were cut so that the grain flows around the corner.

All drawers and doors lock wirelessly. I can’t say anymore about the security systems.

A shout out to my buddy Bill for his help in completing and installing this job.

-- Tony

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 12:59 PM

Nice job sir! You put a lot of work into the extras and it shows. Cheers

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 02:22 PM

Fabulous looking price, nice work.

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 03:17 PM

Fantastic workmanship. Love it.

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 03:33 PM

awesome! only question i have is what you cant talk about, the wireless locks. would go great on a gun cabinet. how about just a hint?

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 04:25 PM

Nice work!

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#6 posted 02-06-2012 05:25 PM

I took a class at Woodcraft where Tony taught cabinet making. He’s truly a craftsman and has a lot of passion, which he tries to encourage in others.

Fantastic work Tony!

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#7 posted 02-06-2012 05:40 PM

This work shows a very high degree of woodworking expert workmanship , excellent job

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#8 posted 02-07-2012 05:21 AM


Every detail is perfect! Thanks for sharing the story along with the photos.


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#9 posted 02-09-2012 11:39 AM

Very nice work. You have an eye for detail.

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