Live edge desk

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Project by pimpson posted 678 days ago 2386 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was my first try at dove tails which I now know I need to practice they came out a little sloppy. the table is made of claro walnut graft for the top, walnut legs and, koa drawer front, and ebony butterflies. The table is 30” tall 41” long and 24” deep. Has a collage of joinery dove tails, screws, dowels, mortise and tenon, and butterflies. I am finally getting faster on my projects only have about 40 hours into this. Not completely done the top needs to be secured and trying to come up with a drawer pull thats not from the hardware store so ideas are welcome.

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#1 posted 678 days ago

That looks great. I really like the butterflies. You might consider tipping your bandsaw table and cutting out a freeform handle for your drawer. By tipping the table you can a nice angle so that you have something to hang on to. Shapes are pretty open, I have generally gravitated towards kidney or teardrop shapes for some band saw boxes that I made.

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#2 posted 678 days ago

WOW … Something that is unique and worthy of an utmost admiration.

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#3 posted 678 days ago

Fill a small whole walnut with epoxy and use it as a knob. I like the curves in your butterfly’s.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#4 posted 678 days ago

Great looking desk. I like the way to top spills over the side. Nothing wrong with the dovetails, they are real good.
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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#5 posted 678 days ago

I think it’s beautiful. Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 678 days ago

That is a beautiful table and your joinery looks first rate to me. I really like the curvy bowties.

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

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#7 posted 678 days ago

Sloppy: “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think in means.” Looks pretty good from here. One suggestion for the pull: if you have any matching cutoffs from the top, you could fabricate a pretty nice one.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#8 posted 678 days ago

Gorgeous! Couple thoughts for you:

The most forward part of the dovetail joint and also th back end can be made as a mitre, it will help refine how your joinery looks.

The drawer, especially how this one is fashioned, can be made to use the recess under th drawer as the pull. Simply cut a groove into the bottom so that it is intuitive to the user.

Just some opinions.

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#9 posted 678 days ago

nice looking desk.the dovetails look pretty good from here,unless you see the gaps if any.
i could turn an ebony or walnut knob for if you want.let me know…

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#10 posted 678 days ago

It’s very interesting.It’s realy looks alive.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 678 days ago

I like how you extended the top to the side..

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#12 posted 678 days ago

Interesting. I like how the live edge “flows” over to the side piece as well. I did notice, however, that you might have want to put the dovetail pins on the top piece rather than the side piece. That way the wedge created by the pin supports the side piece. If the glue ever starts to fail the pins can pull through in the orientation you have them now.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#13 posted 604 days ago

I swear this thing looks like a drop leaf table! Very neat illusion!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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