Writing desk for my wife

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Project by Manitario posted 03-04-2012 08:05 PM 2061 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, my wife asked me if I could “attach a couple of boards” to the wall for her to use as a desk. She wanted it to fit into the closet in her study as the rest of the room is taken up by a large loom…I wanted to give her something a bit nicer than “a couple of boards”. We went to the lumber store so that she could pick out the wood; which she insisted on maple…and the rest is history… Inlayed the top with a couple of strips of oak, just to break up the look of plain maple. Finished it with 3 coats of “tung oil” (the minwax brand) and 5 coats of wipe-on poly. I think it turned out ok, although I can’t get over the thought that it looks like a giant chopping board…my wife loves it though…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 08:26 PM

You have made a beautiful table for your wife, what a wonderful gesture of love.
I especially like the stips, this little detail makes it stand out.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Clayton Whisman

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 08:35 PM

Nice work, great job!

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 09:02 PM

I remember my wife asking…....’Could you cut up a couple of boards for me?’ Well, the real project was much less demanding than yours, and I guarantee your project is about 100 times classier. Funny how they manipulate us…....always understating the project…......(-:

But it looks to me like you had a lot of fun making a very attractive first class piece of furniture. Orignal with a touch of class…....nice.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 09:14 PM

Thanks guys! My wife probably would have been happy with a sheet of plywood screwed to the wall, but I wouldn’t have been satisfied with that. I want to have a bit of pride in my projects, thus this is a bit fancier than her request :)

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 09:35 PM

Nicely done!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 09:37 PM

It does look like you could drop a kitchen sink in the middle of it. But then, there’s nothing wrong with that. There is a reason everybody wants it in their kitchen, it just looks great.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 02:17 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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