serpentine bow front desk #3: almost there

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 07-21-2009 08:06 PM 1571 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well im almost there. I have the majority of the desk put together and i have to say i am really excited to get this thing finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so right now i just have the top glueing up. this is such a beautiful top!!! its bookmatched and has beautiful ribboning as well as some other figure that im not sure what to call. its kind of like a mix between a tiger stripe and birdseye figure. but theres not a lot of it so it doesnt over power the ribboning it just is kinda there and looks really nice. the top will be done tomorrow and i hope to get it finished right away to stabalize it. it should be stable enough though.

i also have all of the lumber for the drawer frames rough milled and they will be taken to final thickness and finished tomorrow.

so all thats left to do is finish the top and do the drawers and drawer frames. i will probably do some sharpening tonight and prepare for the dovetails which i am hoping to do tomorrow. so hopefully the desk will be done tomorrow. then i can finish it before i go away next week weather permiting.

the finish will be lacquer and im not sure if im going to glaze it to darken the color a little bit yet. that will be determined when i get the lacquer tomorrow tough.

i am really liking how this desk is coming out. i was able to put the pieces that are the top on it today and sit down at it and write something just for fun and it is so nice. I love it and im going to have a hard time trying to sell it because i want to keep it. but i can always make another one… of two :D

im hoping to turn some pens that i can put in the drawers too just as a buying incentive. i find that when you include little gifts and extras that it makes people open their wallets up a little more :)

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#1 posted 07-21-2009 08:14 PM

That’s beautiful!.. Makes me want to go out and build one..hurry up and get it finished..I want to drool

Thanks for posting!!

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 07-21-2009 08:15 PM

looks fantastic. is there a divider between the 2 drawers? or will that be added next?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 07-21-2009 08:28 PM

Really nice, looking forward to seeing this :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 07-21-2009 08:35 PM

thanks for the comments everyone!!!

Purplev… the divider will be attached to the drawer frame

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#5 posted 07-21-2009 08:46 PM

Looking Great, Denis!

That front is absolutely spectacular and the tapered legs really give the piece a look of elegance.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 07-21-2009 08:56 PM

That is a great looking piece. You do some advanced work for your age!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 07-21-2009 09:04 PM

Denis thats a cracking piece of furniture mate you should do how to blog


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 07-21-2009 09:54 PM

Todd, that is advanced work for more than just his age group. lol.

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Don Newton

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#9 posted 07-21-2009 10:08 PM


In your third photo I see plenty of glue squeeze out and am concerned about the metal pipe clamps coming in contact with the glue. I had that happen and it caused a black stain that was impossible to remove. Now I put some waxed paper under the clamps as a precaution. It’s also good to remove the squeeze out so the joint doesn’t absorb too much moisture. This can cause the wood near the joint to “sink” when it dries. Of course it is always possible that you weren’t looking for any tips and I hope you aren’t offended. It looks like I will have to search for your previous posts so I can see the beginning of this project. Keep up the good work.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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Greg Wurst

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#10 posted 07-21-2009 10:35 PM

It’s coming together nicely. I look forward to seeing the completed desk.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#11 posted 07-21-2009 10:46 PM

Don Newton, thanks for telling me. i usually do the wait an hour and then scrape it off thing but ive seen some people remove the squeeze out with a putty knife and i think that would work. also as for the clamps ive never had that happen before. i know its a possibility but i believe its on the tanniny woods. not sure if sapele is tanniny or not. but i am switching from the black iron to galvanized pipes as you can see that one of them it gray. my dad gets it pretty much for free in 10 foot lengths from his work and we have a big pipe threader. i think its the black stuff on the black iron that presents the problem so im hoping that that will eliminate the threat.

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#12 posted 07-21-2009 11:06 PM

Denis – do you find the galvanized pipes to flake off material like Gary Fixler mentioned in one of the forum posts a while ago? or are they holding up fine?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 07-21-2009 11:15 PM

no they hold up super. my pipe is not as shiny as that. its the stuff that you find right next to the black iron. i asked my dad and he said its called galvanized ridgid conduit.

the pipes in the picture are so shiny. i think that might be some sort of cheaper film galvanization or something. or a better galvanization???? i have no clue but mine arent shiny like that. it seems to me like that might be a film to protect if while the kind im using uses a chemical galvanization.

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#14 posted 07-21-2009 11:19 PM

Great progress, Denis.

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matt garcia

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#15 posted 07-22-2009 02:55 AM

Looks great!! Can’t wait to see it finished!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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