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Belly of the Beast Desk

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Project by Marcus posted 08-30-2013 05:15 PM 1115 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a craigslist ad a while ago of who was offering a bunch of 8/4 walnut cut offs. They sat in the basement for a while until I had the idea to do a “Modern Federal Farmhouse” style desk. I figured if most of the wood was free, might as well have some fun and experiment a bit.

The top is all of the walnut, jointed together. As a math nerd, I’ve always been fascinated by the Fibonacci Series, so made the top to the golden ratio, and then inlayed the Fibonacci squares into the top. This along with the “roping” (instead of striping, because its way too thick) is my ode to the Federal style. The bottom of the desk is spalted maple. I actually traded a good deal of my free walnut to a local guy who makes boxes for the maple. The only real money I have into the desk is the Padauk keyboard tray. I thought the red gave a nice contrast.





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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 05:32 PM

I love spalted maple. I’m working on a project with it right now. That’s one good lookin’ desk!

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 05:35 PM

Great desk Marcus! Grats on attaining these beautiful woods on the cheap and thanks for sharing, certain this will be enjoyed indefinately…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 06:51 PM

That spalted maple looks sweet. Desk looks great, dovetails look very cleanly cut. Very nice!

-- If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.

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kdc68

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 09:15 PM

Excellent work Marcus....Beautiful contrast…Really like the inlay on the top…very modern look…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 08-31-2013 12:39 AM

Great job! I love the look of the desk and I love the spalted maple! I agree thenred is amgreat addition. I just posted my latest spalted maple project o here a few days ago

-- Logan www.NewmanSpecials.com

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Von

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#6 posted 08-31-2013 01:48 AM

1: 1.6 that ratio is burnt into the back of my skull as well. I find myself using that sequence all the time. It’s like the fly at a picnic; just won’t leave you the heck alone!

—but it does make for some awesome results when ya use it. Keep the fine work coming!

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