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Arts and Crafts Library Desk - AKA the Bullet Desk

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 119 days ago 2338 views 15 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a QSWO library desk I built for my son’s room. It is inspired by a Stickley library table, which I scaled down as a small desk. Most of the period A&C desks have a large lower shelf, however I modified the design for more leg room. We found a board with a bullet lodged in it, and my son decided he wanted to incorporate it into the desk. The bullet is in an inconspicuous spot on the side apron (last photo), and he will have fun pointing it out to friends. The drawers are 14 degree dovetails, and feature aromatic cedar bottoms, and hidden compartments. The desk features mortise and tenon construction with a lapped dovetail top rail. A walnut stain-over-dye finish and some hammered pulls complete the look.

Check out the six part construction series for more details.
http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/38733

Cheers!

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





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stefang

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#1 posted 119 days ago

It came out very beautiful. I love the finish and also the lamp.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodworm

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#2 posted 119 days ago

Really really very very beautiful. The wood is awesome.
Thanks for sharing!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 119 days ago

EXCELLENT !!! Did you make any of the accessories?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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489tad

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#4 posted 119 days ago

The wood is beautiful. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Douglas

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#5 posted 119 days ago

I followed the build, great result.

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

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#6 posted 119 days ago

John,
I made and upholstered the chair, but I can’t take credit for the lamp.
Here is the chair project page… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/83089

Thanks to all for the nice comments.

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

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peekasan

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#7 posted 119 days ago

Lovev it! Beautiful design.

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#8 posted 119 days ago

Outstanding work as always….you sir are a talented woodworker !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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sras

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#9 posted 119 days ago

Another winner!

Looks great.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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peekasan

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#10 posted 119 days ago

The finish is beautiful. What did you use? There is such a nice contrast that makes the rays so visible.

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 119 days ago

It is a stain over dye finish. The dye is Transtint Brown Mahogany, and the stain is Varathane Dark Walnut.

Thanks

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

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ColonelTravis

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#12 posted 119 days ago

Man, now I want to find a bullet-ridden board.
Beautiful desk.

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Mean_Dean

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#13 posted 118 days ago

That’s a beautiful library table, and a beautiful adaptation into a desk!

I really like the staining you did on it. I’ve learned recently that the ray fleck in QSWO doesn’t absorb stains or dyes very well, but the surrounding wood does. So to highlight the ray fleck, you need to stain the wood to bring it out. Looks to me like you’ve learned that lesson well!

Edited to ask: how did you make the through mortises in the legs? My old mortising machine doesn’t make such perfect mortises, so I’m curious how you did yours.

-- Dean

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je_superfly

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#14 posted 118 days ago

Absolutely magnificent! Very clean and interesting incorporation of the bullet!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#15 posted 118 days ago

Outstandiing build and beautiful results.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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