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Project by RetiredSawdust posted 11-12-2013 12:49 AM 904 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a place to store the mail that accumulates over the course of the year and after choosing the plans and a look-a-like for walnut. Mistake! It seems that Heat treated Maple looks great but has a bad habit of cracking at the most inopportune times and at the most distressing places. After spending way too much time gluing boards back together I got it finished. It does its intended task which is all I can ask.

-- Retired Sawdust AKA Ed Portland, Or.





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 02:11 AM

Great looking Federal desk—nicely done.

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

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 03:05 AM

A very traditional look! Those older designs really had great lines.

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 03:19 AM

great looking desk. I’ve wanted to try a project using roasted maple. I had heard it could be brittle and based on your experience I will stay way from it. You desk, however looks great a…. very classic look.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 10:06 AM

Beautiful desk, great work on this. Not to sure about the roasting of wood though, based on your comments about it, it seems to be a bit brittle. Was it hard to mill and detail ?, worth the effort versus staining?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 01:16 PM

Beautiful desk. I’ve always loved Federal Desks!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Chris

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 04:37 AM

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 04:45 AM

This turned out very nice.

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#8 posted 11-14-2013 04:09 PM

Nice. I’d like to build one of those.

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 05:05 PM

This is a really nice piece and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#10 posted 01-06-2014 06:18 PM

The desk looks great. I am designing a similar one now and would be interested in viewing your plans or a SketchUp model if you have one. Let me know. Great job!

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RetiredSawdust

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 01:29 PM

I got the plans from “Rockler” along with the hardware.

-- Retired Sawdust AKA Ed Portland, Or.

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