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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 04-07-2013 09:45 PM 1451 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Home office for a retiring accountant. Wanted it in a dark timber to match doors and skirting boards all through the house. Floor to ceiling shelving. Sapele/mahogany veneer mdf. The inch thick top was made using 3/4” Veneer mdf with a 1/4 plain mdf glued to the underside, edges profiled and raw mdf edges finished with mahogany acrylic varnish, sanded back the top and finished it all with a/c lacquer. Top is jointed together using a kitchen worktop router jig and held together with worktop connector bolts. The four drawers are made with the rails to hold foolscap suspension files. The mitre on the front left kicker looks a bit rough in the photo but I didn’t leave it that way. (That’s lacquer in the coffee jar).
This is the kind of job I’d like to be doing all the time, big involved stuff where you are just on it, and it only for the duration. As a side note, real mahogany hasn’t been available to purchase in Ireland since the late seventies, so sapele is sold as the closest thing.

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 09:48 PM

if he’s retiring shouldn’t he be headed for the shop?

Great job.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 10:08 PM

beautiful desk and shelves.
you do great work and it shows.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 11:01 PM

Very nice work Renners.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 11:27 PM

Looks to be outstanding! Well done.

-- Art

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 03:04 AM

A well executed bread and butter job with real nice matching and finishing. My favourite kind of work too, put your head down and motor. That curved apron is particularly pretty. Bit of shop dust on the camera sensor?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 05:14 AM

Outstanding job. I’d be proud to have that set in my office.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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404 - Not Found

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 07:47 AM

^ I feel bad for posting that now, but not that bad.

Thanks for the kind words everyone, I’m not mad about this job to be honest, but what can you do? The guy it was for had a generation on me, wore a tie and pullover everyday kind of thing, very staid ideas on what he wanted and ultimately, he got his choice by approving the drawings. Now if I was making that for me, it would have looked a whole lot different.

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 05:00 PM

I think it is a well crafted and nicely finished piece of work. It will get you more work. The problem is we are not James Krenov or John Makpiece (sp?) LOL. These will allow you to create your own designs, while feeding you and your family? We all need people to support us in our fun jobs? Hey it’s definitely better than non woodworking jobs????LOL! ( gotta keep saying that when I’m doing maintenance carpentry. )

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 04-10-2013 03:33 PM

Superb work on that spectacular shelves and desk set. Like the beautiful wood choice, design and finish.

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#10 posted 04-10-2013 03:47 PM

Very nice work. It really looks good.

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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