Walnut desk/table

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Project by Tag84 posted 02-02-2013 02:13 AM 2376 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I wanted to build myself a new desk.
Didn’t want it to be to big, but a nice size and make it so it could also function as a future dining table.
I had the idea to place the legs aside of the table, for a little extra space ,without a centerbeam or stiles.
I found out its really hard to get the same rigid feeling without those essential supports.
The table feels very sturdy now, but i’m still thinking about adding the extra metal braces on the sides.
The table measures;
66.1 inch length
33.1 inch width
29.5 inch Height
1.9 inch top thickness
4.3×3.9 inch legs
Sanded with 400 grid and 2 coats of Danish oil.
Thanks for watching!

Construction pictures :

Latest modification metal braces to level the top more out, tigthen it closer to the beam the top rests on and allow movement;

-- -Thomas -

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 02:16 AM

Very cool desk Thomas

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 02:48 AM

Gorgeous desk. I just started planing some walnut for a desk…I’ll be happy if it turns out half this nice.

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 03:02 AM

Very nice. I like it a lot.
That is a very large project, lots of work. Well done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 04:47 AM

Beautiful desk! I love walnut, such an awesome appearance. What is the purpose of the dados under the table top? I would guess they serve as a stress relief point for crack control. I really like your choice to put the legs outside of the top, very unique.

-- Jordan, BC

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 05:28 AM

I have same question as Jordan, purpose of dados under the top? Great selection of wood, nice design, and excellent execution.

Nothing like building to suit your own needs.

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 05:36 AM

I really like the grain on the desktop.

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 06:32 AM

Love it. Beautiful work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 08:31 AM

Beautiful peace. Beautiful wood. I,m curious how you made the construction between legs and table top.

Also nice to have a look in your? shop?


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#9 posted 02-02-2013 09:54 AM

Thanks everyone!
I routed the dados as a tension relief, the top was a bit wharped after the glue-up and it’s still. mainly front and back piece. I wanted to keep that thick look so didn’t plane to much of the outer boards. I hope it helps releasing a bit of tension :)
Dutchy it’s a simple construction, i bolted 2 beams to the leg parts, and under those beams bolts to attach the top. I drilled bigger holes to allow for movement, and there are 3 washers for each bolt to distribute the pressure of the bolts. 2 extra mitered supports for more stability.

-- -Thomas -

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#10 posted 02-02-2013 10:03 AM

Looks massively sturdy, plus the wood grain pops like crazy =)

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

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#11 posted 02-02-2013 02:00 PM


Great Work – Thanks for sharing – it’s projects like these, especially as well documented as this, that allow all of us to learn and reconsider established approaches.


-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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#12 posted 02-02-2013 04:11 PM

This is a really nice looking desk/table. I like the way you alternated the different pieces of walnut for the top. Walnut is pretty much the best looking wood around…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 02-02-2013 04:21 PM

Very nice desk, indeed! I love the look of walnut and have used it quite often in some of my projects. If the pictures of you working in your shop is in your attic, you must have a very large attic. Shop looks really nice. I’ll bet that this desk will never be wobbly…..looks like you made it super strong. Nice job!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#14 posted 02-02-2013 05:25 PM

It’s a nice looking piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 02-02-2013 06:16 PM

That is a very nice build, Thomas! I’d be proud to have it in my home and show it off!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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