Black Walnut Drop Front Desk

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Project by Roger Gaborski posted 204 days ago 1166 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The major case components of this desk are made from solid American black walnut which I had air-died for 25 years. I selected highly figured pieces for the top and sides of the desk. The top front section of the desk drops down to revealing a writing surface and a number of small shelves. The external and internal surfaces of the drop front are slip matched walnut veneers (the adjoining pieces of veneer are placed in sequence). Matching veneers are used for the three lower doors. The back of the desk is also finished using slip matched walnut veneers.

The approximate dimensions of the desk are 53” wide, 26” deep and 65” tall. The fold down writing surface is 50” x 22”.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#1 posted 204 days ago

Looks great
I have been thinking of use veneers on a table, yours turned out very nice.
How did you finish it?
What wood did you use under the veneers?

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida,

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#2 posted 204 days ago

Beautiful desk, great use of the grain placement. This will be around plenty long enough to become a beautiful antique.

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Roger Gaborski

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#3 posted 204 days ago

I used MDF for the veneer substrate. I like it better than plywood because it’s more stable. The finish is General Finishes Satin Topcoat Gel.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#4 posted 204 days ago

its a beautiful piece, my only thought is i hate to see such beautiful solid walnut on the very top, it sure is beautiful wood…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 204 days ago


A truly outstanding piece of furniture!


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#6 posted 203 days ago

Wow that is an amazing piece of furniture and the walnut is beautiful….Awesome work Roger.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 203 days ago

Very nice

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#8 posted 203 days ago

Handsome work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 203 days ago

nice work,beautiful

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#10 posted 203 days ago

Rich and elegant looking.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#11 posted 203 days ago

From one Roger to another: That’s a beauty, Roger.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 203 days ago

The wood was antique before you used it. LOL! Impressive product of labor, love, and patience.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 203 days ago

This is just gorgeous. Very nicely done!


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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 200 days ago

Beautiful piece!

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#15 posted 165 days ago

Love how you matched all the grains across the top. Very striking piece! And we like mdf better than plywood too. More stable.

-- Oakwood Veneer, Metro Detroit

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