Wooten Desk

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Project by Aries Bergsma posted 07-01-2013 12:35 AM 5475 views 49 times favorited 76 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in the late 1990’s I received a woodworking magazine which had some photos and some dimensions of a Wooten desk, I knew at that instance that I wanted to build one someday, well the day was late 2010 and today I moved it into our home ready for use. It is made from Walnut, Spalted maple, Oak and Pine and it is made from 85% of recycled materials that I have gathered from one place or an other. It was a great challenge for me to accomplish this and great satisfaction, it does not have the hardware that the original ones had but I manufactured what I had, and was able to purchase the rest to make it work. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed making the piece.

I have added some more photos of the early stages of the desk as requested by some of you.

The total time I spent building the desk amounted to 305 hours total and the supplies cost about $650.00 Cad

I kept track the building of the desk from day one with photos and descriptive words.


-- AGB

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 12:37 AM

Amazing work AGB!

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:39 AM

Wow, that is awesome. Nice work!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 12:41 AM


-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 12:41 AM

Awesome work! I’ve always wanted to build one of these.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 12:46 AM

Amazing work

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

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 12:51 AM

WOW!!!! Now THAT’S a desk….

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 01:16 AM

Obviously a labor of love.
Very well done.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 01:19 AM

Well I quit….. Incredible work!

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 01:34 AM

Wow,great build

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 01:59 AM

Fantastic! I still have that issue of Fine Woodworking and often daydream of building one, only my fantasy is to build one in an A&C or G&G style. Congratulations on an awesome project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 01:59 AM

Unbelievable- Very nice work!!!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 07-01-2013 02:00 AM

that’s amazing – great job!
I REALLY like that it was primarily reclaimed wood
This is the direction i want to head in
thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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#14 posted 07-01-2013 02:09 AM

The maple leaf on the outside is an excellent touch on this masterful piece.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 07-01-2013 02:47 AM

Mr. Bergsma,

This is a labor of love! I can’t imagine the time you took and patience and persistence you have demonstrated putting this together. To bad you didn’t blog your journey. I’d love to be watching you in this passion.

Wow usually means I wish I’d made that. In this case it’s I wish I had your passion, patience and perseverance to create this wonderful piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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