One Desk- Lots of Wood

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Project by ErikF posted 702 days ago 1015 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a desk I just finished up. It was a challenging build due to the length of the boards used to make the desk top and the limited capabilities of my bench-top jointer and cheap table saw. It meant a bit more time fine tuning things but I am happy with the results.

The desk has one 22” wide drawer with solid cedar bottom. I like the smell and the 3/8” boards seem will hold up fine to pens and other odds and ends that end up in a small desk drawer. My next order of business is to learn the dovetail. I had to use screws in the drawer because I am still pretty intimidated when it comes to cutting good dovetails. The drawer face is birdseye maple with cherry as the secondary wood. The legs are white oak, apron is cherry, and there is also hickory cross braces for the side legs and rear.

Top diameter is 31 1/2” x 51 1/2”. I used heat treated maple and eucalyptus on the edge…heat treated maple is pretty brittle so it does not make a very good edge board.

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#1 posted 702 days ago

Nice design over all : )

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#2 posted 702 days ago

Very elegant, I imagine the taper on the legs on a poor table saw was a challenge. I really like how you didn’t try to take out what some people would call “defects” in the wood. It really gives it character.

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#3 posted 702 days ago

Me too on “leaving the so called ‘defects’ ”. This looks like one of those tables that will be the first to be asked for at the reading of your will. (sorry for the creepy comment)

Edit: I looked back at some of your other projects… Some nice work. I especially like the hanging bookshelves.

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#4 posted 702 days ago

nice desk.great design and build.

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#5 posted 702 days ago

Looks like a fine job to me. I also like the defects. The finish on the top looks good. Great job!

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#6 posted 701 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments…especially Rance’s reference to my death.

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