|Project by KnotCurser||posted 04-08-2012 10:44 AM||3639 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
I made this desk for one of my pickiest customers – ME! :-)
As part of the rehab of my home office, I knew I had to get rid of an old, nasty particle board white desk that I had been using for the last 8 or 9 years.
I REALLY love the joinery used on the old-fashioned trestle tables. The pins that hold the entire structure together as well as the light look of the overall table just make for a fantastic piece of furniture. This is what I wanted for my desk – only with a “modern twist”.
The majority of the desktop is highly figured walnut with a branch crotch on one end. I loved the look of the bookmatched end so I incorporated it into the design. I ran two-inch strips of cherry down the front and the back basically to increase the depth. To finish off the end I laminated three strips of wood and bent it along the curve and then rounded it over with a belt sander.
The legs are solid cherry and the stretcher is walnut. I inlayed a maple dutchman into the top – mainly just for decoration. The double pegs on each end used to hold the stretcher together are white oak.
Now for the “modern twist” element – I also wanted to be able to hide all the routers and cables and such, so I designed a shelf that is supported entirely by the stretcher. It provides plenty of room and is totally hidden unless you bend down to look under the desk.
Overall dimensions are 70” long x 25” deep and 30” high.
I really love the way this desk looks now that it’s all finished and set up in my office – for the first time I’m actually using coasters for my drinks. ;-)
Oh yeah – the flooring you see in the first two pics I just got finished installing. Solid 5/8” thick bamboo – my back and knees are still aching!
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