|Project by KnotCurser||posted 11-24-2013 03:59 PM||1427 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
For over a year now, my office and it’s furniture was “done” – with the exception of a table that I could lay out scrollworking patterns on, assemble smaller projects, etc….. I was using a plastic fold-out table I bought at a big-box store. VERY nasty, but it worked.
I waited for so long to build this for two reasons. The first was that I was lazy and had other projects to work on – bad excuse. The other was that I wasn’t quite sure of what I wanted – a drafting table? Something tiny like a school desk?
I finally quit mulling it over in my head and started building about two weeks ago and this is what I came up with.
The top measures 27×41 and stands around 33 inches high – certainly not standard numbers, but I built it for me and to fit specifically in this space.
The frame is walnut with a strip of redwood forming a wave that runs continuously around the entire table.
The top is 1 1/2 thick redwood and floats above the apron of the table – held on by dowels on top of each leg.
I took this a step further and did some inlay work on the table top. The initials, compass rose and gear are walnut inlays. The nautilus shell is cherry and the the blueprint of the Jules Verne “Nautilus” is a carving filled with tinted epoxy.
Finish started with about 10 coats of shellac sprayed on with a HVLP Gun. The top was then also treated to five coats of paste wax and buffed out.
The desk goes well in my office and it looks like it will serve its purpose – job done!
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