Cherry Slant Front Desk

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Project by Luke posted 09-15-2012 03:05 AM 2697 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest COMPLETE project. I’m so glad to get this done. This project has been in my shop for a solid year and I’ve been working on it on and off the whole time. I’d say if I worked on it from start to finish in a straight run, it would have been about 60 hours, but I just don’t have that kind of time to dedicate to it all at once. So I did what I could, when I could. In between this project the hours have been filled with corn hole boards, pens, cutting boards, table tops, shop upgrades and other various things, so I’ve been really busy, just not on this project. It’s made of Solid cherry wood and I finished it with a home-made wipe on poly. Namely, a semi-gloss Minwax 70/30 with mineral spirits, the greater being the Minwax, about 7 coats. All dovetails are hand cut and the back of the desk is a tongue and groove pattern with a beaded intersection. I really enjoyed this project and hope to make something even more complex on my next go-round. I have not even started looking for an idea on what it could be, but it will be a step up from this as I believe that if I am not pushing the limits of my abilities I’m just not learning anything. Also, if you want quality hardware, send out or call for a catalog from White Chapel. Their hardware is absolutely amazing and the catalog was even more so! It really was helpful in deciding on the hardware for this job and is laid out in full detail and size in the catalog, almost like having it in hand. It is a little pricey but if you want your furniture to shine, it’s the only way to go. I had to antique the brass hinges for the slant myself because they didn’t have them to match the other parts I was getting, but the ammonia fuming worked fantastic.

Thanks for checking it out!

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 12:38 PM

Nice work! I love that cherry and all the detail you put into to the design and execution.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 12:46 PM

Beautiful desk, almost identical to one I made for my granddaughter. I used a Glenn Huey design from one of his books, this looks very similar, but with a few changes. Looks real good. Great work.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 06:39 PM

Yes Oldtool it does look really similar. What was the toughest part of that build for you?

-- LAS,

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 09:29 PM

It looks great!

-- John, Omaha

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 11:47 PM

Very Nice, the lines are crisp, the cherry has that warm glow…....... Great Job, Nice to see a years worth of work on and off finally see the light.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 09-16-2012 12:40 AM

well done should be a top 3 but this site has become obsessed with shop fixtures instead of quality builds 5 stars out of 5

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#7 posted 09-16-2012 12:58 AM

This is a beautiful piece. You really did a great job on it. I love the cherry.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#8 posted 09-16-2012 01:21 AM

It’s hard to pick a specific portion of the desk build as the toughest part, because this was the most complicated project I’d done to date when I made it. This was made during my early learning phase, when I selected projects and I tried to pick more complicated projects with each build. Now, the family picks my projects for me based on their needs.
With the desk though, the tough part could be considered the top portion, as I had prior made small tables – which the bottom half is. The top half has more detail than what I was accustomed to then, and the canted front required some guess work on my part due to insufficient details in the book.
Anyway, nice build and excellent craftsmanship on your desk. Keep up the good work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 09-16-2012 01:23 AM

Definately should be a Top 3 project. You did a super job on a classic design (and it will only get prettier as the cherry ages). Can’t wait to see your next ‘challenge’.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 09-16-2012 03:19 AM

That’s a really great piece. On to the next challenge ! Thanks for the heads up on hardware, never stop looking for new sources.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#11 posted 09-16-2012 10:33 AM

A really nice build. I particularly like the beading detail on the back. Good write up too, Thanks for posting.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#12 posted 04-30-2013 02:42 AM

Man this thing looks great,
these desk especially combined with a top book shelf are really inspiring from the 1700 and 1800 time period. Copies and all. And to do it in cherry takes up a nice notch, I have to work mostly in southern pine for budget reasons. Great job. The breadboard ends and pegs look great.

You might like the one shown in Furniture In The Southern Style book. I think its called a desk with book case or something like that. It’s massive. Very nice work. Planning to build one soon.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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