Carved Walnut Desk

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Project by DougRog posted 590 days ago 1761 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this 100% black walnut desk a long time ago, about 1992. As you can see, I was trying to break the mold of flat surfaces and add some ‘movement’ to the design. I shouldn’t say this, but I ‘hand carved’ it with a router. You can guess I learned to hold that 3 hp router damn tight (but I don’t recommend it). After that phase, power sanding with flexible sanding pads to get rid of the router tool marks, but not destroy the ‘hills and valleys.’

I was able to get the top of the desk book matched with only 2 pieces each 12 inches wide, and that was because I milled (chainsawed) the log myself. Back then I didn’t mind breathing chain saw fumes for hours on end.

-- The Higest Art, the Highest Science, and the Highest Religion is the same thing.

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#1 posted 590 days ago

That is truly a one of a kind ,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 590 days ago

That is totally excellent!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 590 days ago

Outstanding desk and a fantastic carving job. Much better looking than a flat surface piece of work.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#4 posted 590 days ago

If I had this at my place and my kids put a cup of juice on it I would be in jail the next morning. Nice work, very exquiste. Looks like it should be in a musuem. Very nice.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 590 days ago

One of a kind treasure!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 590 days ago

Great work.
I love the drawer pulls.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 590 days ago

Doug, you suceeded on breaking the mold on that one. Nice ! JB

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#8 posted 590 days ago

That is one beautiful desk. Mold officially broken! The transition from flat top to wavy sides is perfect. I also really like those handles. Terrific job, thanks for posting this.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#9 posted 590 days ago

WOW, Great Desk, Your style of carving is Great, it all fits together very well, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 590 days ago

That’s really awesome. Really beautiful work!

-- 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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#11 posted 590 days ago

That is an incredible accomplishment! It took a lot of courage to attack that beautiful slab with a 3 hp hand held router! I guess the saying: “no guts, no glory” applies here. You achieved glorious results.

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

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#12 posted 590 days ago

lAmazing-lots of work

-- Joel

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#13 posted 590 days ago

Outstanding—-That is one beautiful desk

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#14 posted 590 days ago

It looks totaly unreal. One of most interesting projects I’ve seen here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 589 days ago

awesome looking desk

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