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Here’s another desk I’ve made. Like the original I copied, it’s in tiger maple which is something extraordinary for a period piece made in Pennsylvania. It does have some hidden compartments behind the drawers in the center compartment. All the secondaries are poplar. The case and drawers are constructed using hand cut dovetails. The coolest part of this desk (in my opinion) is the top is fully blind dovetails on and the edge is molded. It’s the only photo I have. Wish I had more but I don’t

The color is achieved with analine dye and the finish is shellac. The hardware was custom made to mimic the hardware on the original.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#1 posted 2335 days ago

Beautiful…..... I would love to do work like that when I grow up.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 2335 days ago

That is a great looking piece, something anyone would be proud to own.
The finish sure brings out the tiger maples full beauty.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2335 days ago


This is absolutely gorgeous work. The design and detail of the piece are excellent. You really accentuated the grain of the maple and your finish really showcases the piece.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 2335 days ago

Hey Griff,

Just looked over your projects, looks to me like you grew up pretty good. Excellent stuff. Keep up the good work!

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#5 posted 2335 days ago

Another beaut. I like this wood & finish even better.

-- Jason, AL

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#6 posted 2335 days ago

Great looking desk! The maple is fantastic.

I also find that dye is the best thing to bring out the curl.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 2335 days ago

Great piece of work. I wish I could get finishes to turn out that good.

One day I hope to have my quality level up to yours.

Great work, thanks for posting. Keep it up.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#8 posted 2335 days ago

Wow, is it live or memorex. Absolutely beautiful.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 2335 days ago

Exquisite Work as always. Just love that wood. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 2335 days ago

Another great piece of work. Chuck, you are amazing.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 2335 days ago

You are truly gifted, to produce pieces such as this. I think most of us envy your prowess. Great work. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 2335 days ago


-- making sawdust....

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 2335 days ago

We need to pass the hat and get you a digital camera. One photo leaves me begging for more.

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Charles Mullins

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#14 posted 2335 days ago

Once again, my friend, you have blown my little pea sized brain. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

I love tiger maple. In my experience of buiilding flintlock rifles, tiger maple can be frustrating to work. It’ll chip out with little provication. But when it’s finished—-WOW!

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#15 posted 2335 days ago

Breath taking…..Do you give lessons?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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