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Project by Tyler Stokes posted 05-14-2013 06:33 PM 1157 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small writting desk I made to do homework on. The wood is mahogany and quartersawn balsa for the drawer sides (I was given surprisingly dense and strong balsa). Turned the knob on the drill press from an ebony blank.

-- For when the last best words have been said for the machine it has no marvel comparable to the marvel of the human hand guided by the human mind





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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 06:35 PM

Good looking desk, well done!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Mean_Dean

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 08:53 PM

Beautiful writing desk! I love that mahogany!

Question for you: Did you make the drawer front and the frame around it out of one board, and if so, how did you cut out the drawer front?

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

-- Dean

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Tyler Stokes

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 09:36 PM

Dean-
Thanks for all the great comments. The drawer front and frame is in fact cut from the same board. I first ripped the two thin frame pieces on the band saw so not to lose too much material, I then jointed the middle piece edges straight and square before cutting the side pieces off to reveal my drawer front(note: make sure side pieces are made long enough for your joinery into the legs). Then its just a matter of regluing the frame together, allowing for some dimension loss in final sanding or planning of the drawer front sides. Hope this helps

-Tyler

-- For when the last best words have been said for the machine it has no marvel comparable to the marvel of the human hand guided by the human mind

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Buckethead

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 10:37 PM

Some really beautiful pieces in your list of projects. This one is particularly eye catching. A stunning beauty.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 11:10 PM

very nice desk.excellent craftsmanship.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Brandon

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 11:19 PM

Very nice, Tyler. This is a very sweet Shaker style desk. I hope you enjoy using it!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Douglas

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 11:34 PM

yuk, that is so ugly ;-P

Wow what a nice job! Very clean lines, and delicate details. I would be a little nervous about that slim ebony pull holding up, but maybe that’s part of the magic of the design.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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mbs

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#8 posted 05-15-2013 12:55 AM

Excellent work, Tyler. How did you finish it?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Tyler Stokes

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#9 posted 05-15-2013 01:37 AM

MBS-
I took a couple of light shavings with the plane followed by about 5 light coats of shellac on the outside and then waxing inside and out. I used the wood shavings instead of steel wool to burnish the surface and it worked out pretty well

thanks everyone for all the great comments
-Tyler

-- For when the last best words have been said for the machine it has no marvel comparable to the marvel of the human hand guided by the human mind

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Béla

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#10 posted 05-15-2013 08:15 PM

Homework? Really?? I don’t want to discourage your academic side, but this desk is much too nice for that kind of drudgery. ;-)

-- Béla, Memphis TN

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Michael J

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#11 posted 05-16-2013 04:22 AM

Very nice work! I really like the color of that mahogany.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#12 posted 06-03-2013 06:22 AM

Very nicely done. I like the lines and size here. Simple and elegant in one package.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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