|Project by Rb12||posted 05-14-2012 12:18 AM||4324 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
Just finished a craftsman-style desk. I saw the original design watching the Woodsmithshop and liked some of the styling, so I built it for my daughter with some modifications that really make it a one of a kind.
The desk is red oak and is primarly mortise and tenon joinery, with faux through-mortises on the stretchers. I decided on more kid-style hardware on the drawers (a lizard in the middle and frogs on the sides) as opposed to traditional pulls. I also did some inlays on the top. The flower is purple heart and I forget what in the middle. The banding was some scraps of Bolivian rosewood I had in the shop. The wood choice and choice of flower match the letters I made spelling out her name before she was born :)
Anyway, sanded down to 220, did 3 coats of Watco natural Danish Oil, let cure for about 6 days, then 2 coats of spray shellac with 0000 steel wool in between. Finally, 2 coats of Spar Urethane on the top (I assume this being a kids desk will be beat to hell over the years).
Anyway, I was very happy with the way this came out. My table saw dies in the midst of this project and I did a lot of the tennoning with my router table, which caused me to need to fill more gaps than I would have hoped to. That said, I used Dap Wood Plastic; after proper sanding and the Danish Oil, it is really indistinguishable from the oak.