Thomas White Desk

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Project by chobbs66 posted 03-26-2012 11:16 AM 4962 views 12 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Some of you might know about our Hobbs tradition, meeting once a year to build furniture together with my brothers, my Dad, and me. In 2010, our project was this desk. It has been a long haul, but a few weeks ago I actually was able to complete the finish and install the hardware. The desk is a reproduction of an original desk made by Thomas White in Perquimans County, NC, in the 18th century. Since I started this one over two years ago, so it feels GREAT to get it finished.

Wood, walnut from Irion Lumber in Wellsboro, PA and Bald Cypress from Northeastern NC as the secondary. Wood, aniline dye, shellac, and wax. Hardware from Marshall Brass in England. Photos: Wesley Lewis, Overland Park KS (my neighbor, a good guy and talented photographer).

Please let me know if you have comments, critiques, questions, or want to know more about the history of the piece. Thanks, Cal

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 11:29 AM

That is an exquisite piece of fine furniture. The wood selection is outstanding, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is superb. Secret compartments, wonderful carving, this piece has it all. Each time I look at the pictures I discover something else. Wow!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 12:09 PM

WOW – exceptional work, outstanding craftmanship with flawless execution. This will certainly be a family heirloom in years to come. Congratulations.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 12:20 PM

Words fail me as I try to express my respect for the time and talent that went into this wonderful piece.

Thank you for sharing this with us!


-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 12:29 PM

Beautiful!!! A woodworking Masterpiece. I bet that was fun working with your family. I would love to hear more about the history of this piece?

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 02:02 PM

Wow! A pure master piece! Amazing work and finish. One to be proud of!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 02:06 PM

This is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship and a exceptional family heirloom. It just mesmerizing to say the least you guys have to be quit proud of the results thanks so much for sharing…BC

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 02:12 PM

I’m amazed by this project. The choice of wood, the grains, the details and finish are stunning to say the least.
Thank you for sharing this.

-- - Martin

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 02:35 PM

Amazing! Awesome looking wood and finish. What color aniline dye did you use? I saw your project build on the Rough Cut website. Thanks for sharing.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 02:41 PM

It is absolutely a beautiful piece and very well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 03-26-2012 02:53 PM

Incredible, thank you for sharing.

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#11 posted 03-26-2012 03:17 PM

Outstanding—a beautiful work of art. I have to admit that I’m seldom jealous of anything, but in your case, this is an exception. Where did you find the plans for the inside work/drawers/dividers? Thanks for sharing. You give us all something to aspire to.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 03-26-2012 03:23 PM

Thank you for posting this masterpiece! It is the kind of work that inspires people including me. Everything is awesome about the piece and like others I want to spend more time looking at the photos.

Please tell us more about the carving on the feet. The woodcarver in me wants to know :) just in case I’m blessed to build such a piece someday.

God’s peace,


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#13 posted 03-26-2012 03:23 PM

wonderful wonderful ,this is a outstanding major work of art ,fantastic craftsmanship,a piece that stands out and is something to be proud of the rest of your life.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 03-26-2012 04:59 PM

That is breathtaking- fantastic job!

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 03-26-2012 08:24 PM

Beautimus! Belle! Bonito!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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