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Project by dclark1943 posted 10-01-2012 10:52 PM 2076 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The latest project to leave the shop—today as a matter of fact. Commissioned by a friend for his wife’s office, I started this project the first week of August, and delivered the first of Oct. Lots of hours, but then being retired I don’t really push too hard : ) Its oak, the desk is 6’ long 30” high and 30” deep. The hutch is 12” deep and 50” high. The drawer frames and top frame are made of poplar, and I used some baltic birch for some back panels and drawer bottoms. The left side is typical drawer stack with legal size file drawer. right side looks like same drawer layout but is actually a door that opens to reveal rollout shelves for printer,scanner & copier. The major design feature of the piece is the 45ยบ clip on the vertical outside corners. these were 3” wide and then topped with small 1/4” profiled trim. All drawer slides are full extension and hardware is all bronze tone. It sports a small orbit spot above the bridge and a 26” LED below the bridge.
An idea I picked up from Charlie Neil in his DVD series “Cases & Bases” is the “hidden” compartment incorporated in the crown. He stated his clients all got excited about the idea of this special space- – - -my client did too ! It is stained with Sherwin Williams “modern Mahogany, sealed with a wash coat of Shellac, and topped with two coats of Enduro water based pre cat poly. each coat (except last) was gently rubbed out with 360 & fine 3M abrasive pads where I couldn’t get the sandpaper in adequately.
Prior to starting, I completely “built” this project on “Sketchup”. A godsend of a tool for us semi computer literate woodworkers, I find this program being of more and more value as I learn my way around it. A great project, I really enjoyed the process, and it looks like I may be getting a referral already !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 11:28 PM

As always, Dave, great job. Would you consider sending out copies of the Sketchup file?

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 11:47 PM

A superior desk. Very nice design and function.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 11:50 PM

Very nice Dave super build, looks great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 12:09 AM

Sandy, I don’t know how to get these files to you, can you walk me through it?

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 02:36 AM

Gorgeous… It almost looks better unfinished. haha I wish I could do those kind of renderings on the sketch up, might make less mistakes!

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#6 posted 10-02-2012 03:05 AM

Well done Dave !

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#7 posted 10-02-2012 05:45 AM

Dave, this is another beautiful build. What masterful craftsmanship is on display here. Three months is a long time to work on one project. I’ll stick to boxes since I am not buying many green bananas lately. Great job and thanks for sharing with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 10-02-2012 07:24 PM

Beautiful work Dave. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 10-02-2012 07:30 PM

Really nice desk. Good work.

-- Ben from IL

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 01:58 AM

That’s fantastic! My wife is looking for something just like this. If you ever figure out those sketch-up files, I’d also love to have them!

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 02:56 AM

Excellent piece. It’s beautiful, functional & built to last. What could be better?

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 03:53 PM

That’s one busy desk :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 09-01-2013 09:33 PM

Nice desk… Love the hidden compartment!

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