Stickley #708 Writing Desk in QSWO

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 136 days ago 1351 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a Stickley #708 writing desk (aka post card desk). It is made from QSWO and measures 40”w, 22” d and 30” h (36” with the stationary gallery). I made a few changed from the original to avoid structural issues found in the antique original. The legs are laminated with qs veneer so that the rays are visible on all sides. The desk is frame and panel construction.

The stationary gallery is removable. The drawers have machine cut dovetails.

The finish is Trans Tint reddish brown dye followed by a seal coat of General Seal A Cell. The glaze coat is General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel stain followed by 3 coats of satin Arm-R-Seal. The desk is finished with clear Briwax. I sanded to 320 and 400 grit between finish coats and 0000 steel wool before the wax.

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#1 posted 136 days ago

Very nice. Love the style and the color.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 136 days ago

Great looking desk, I like the tall back panel. That should give the desk good strength over the years.
Nice job on the finishing too. Did the color change much when you applied the gel stain? The final color looks more like the transtint dye than the antique walnut color. Looks great.


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

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Vincent Nocito

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#3 posted 136 days ago

The color after the dye step is almost a dark salmon/pinkish color. After the Seal A cell it is a bit darker and the rays pop a bit more. The real contrast comes after the glaze and topcoat. I was trying to match the color of my bedroom set. It used a walnut gel stain that is no longer available so color matching was a bit of a challenge.

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#4 posted 136 days ago

Nice job. Looks really nice.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 136 days ago

Looks like you were up o the challenges! Nice piece sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 136 days ago

beautiful work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 136 days ago

Very 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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#8 posted 136 days ago

That’s a beauty!
On the issue of stains, I do am having to relearn new techniques with these new formula’s.

-- Doug...

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Vincent Nocito

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#9 posted 136 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments. A good guide to A&C finishing by Jeff Jewitt can be found at:

I typically use 80 drops of reddish brown Trans Tint dye in 8 ounces of distilled water as my stock staining solution. I prefer the liquid dye since it dissolves instantly and does not require filtering. Use distilled water to avoid black stains on oak.

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#10 posted 135 days ago

A very classy piece of useable art, very lovely indeed.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 135 days ago

That is a great looking writing desk! The finish is great—really pops that ray fleck!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 135 days ago

Vincent, what a great looking project! It almost makes me wish that I had a need for a writing desk. The grain is outstanding and your finish accentuates it well. Thank you for sharing.

-- Art

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#13 posted 135 days ago

Very nice! I like the finish as well.

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#14 posted 135 days ago

Great job Vincent. The look is awesome as is the craftsmanship. Flush drawers always look better and you did a great job on fitting them.

Another project to be proud of.


-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#15 posted 135 days ago

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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