Cross Over Desk

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Project by Doug Nordberg posted 03-14-2013 06:30 PM 2850 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an effort to bridge the gap between western and contemporary furniture, I designed this Cross Over Desk for a furniture show I participated in. I took a walnut slab that I had laying around that had fantasic grain patterns in it and instead of trying to hide the flaws, I accented them. The antlers on the piece were a brown color, but I sanded them to a smooth Ivory look and cut off all the points. Although I smelled like a root canal gone bad, the risk was worth the reward in the end. I was awarded the Exhibitors Choice sponsored by Mountain Living. Thanks for looking!

-- Doug, Cody Wyo

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 06:58 PM

Wow! I am blown away at how beautifull this is! Definately a work of art!

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 08:38 PM

Gorgeous design and beautifully excecuted!! You deserved the award!

Question; What did you fill the walnut splits with?

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 08:43 PM

A real nice piece of work. How long does it take to build this thing? Great job on it . Outstanding details and wood choice! That’s a very pleasing piece ! A job well done! You’ve got excellent craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 08:58 PM

That is amazing. Very innovative.

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 09:16 PM

Although I smelled like a root canal gone bad

I hear you. I’ve worked with antlers to make knife handles and, well I guess this will sound weird, but – shirt buttons, and it does indeed smell bad around power tools.

That is far an away the most ambitious piece I’ve seen with that material, though. Truly wonderful work.

Wadja use for a finish on the antlers?

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 09:20 PM

Superb looking. The use of the antlers is very unique.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 09:26 PM

It is definitely a one of a kind. You did a wonderful job of it and I can see why you won the award. Congratulation and thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 10:13 PM

oh wow, you really did a magnificent job here, i love the antler sanded to white, its a beautiful different table and i really like it, of coarse i love the walnut..and your right, its got some marvelous figure…well worth any award you might win…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 11:58 PM

so cool

-- Joel

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#10 posted 03-15-2013 01:40 AM

Wow, Cross Over to another galaxy! It’s great!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 03:38 AM

That’s just awesome

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 03-15-2013 04:23 AM


We’re generally not fond of antler furnishings (we’d rather eat the venison), but your desk set is gorgeous! We’d love to see more pictures of the finished set.


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#13 posted 03-15-2013 05:59 AM

Very nice.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#14 posted 03-15-2013 09:32 AM

Simply amazing… Love how different this is. Great work…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 03-15-2013 12:09 PM

Love the infill on the walnut, nice contrast
Nicely done complementary pieces.

-- Doug...

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