Modern Desk #6: Finished!

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 01-29-2020 09:41 PM 521 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I realize that I will never be able to monetize my blog since I don’t post frequently enough or in enough detail. The desk is complete except for delivery and set up. So with the apology out of the way let’s get to the main event. :)

There are no pix showing the sanding steps but they did happen. I took it to 180G.

First, I wanted to show where I had filled the gap with wood filler.

This is the backside of the previous pic.

The top with the first coat of finish. I used Arm-R-Seal. Three coats on the top and two on all the remaining surfaces finished the can.

This is gluing the ebonized board to the other 80% of the top. I finished them separately because I was concerned that the black dye and stain might run under blue tape resulting in an edge that wasn’t sharp. I used dominoes to ensure that the parts would remain properly aligned during the glue-up.

The completed top without clamps.

The top from the other end.

This is one of the legs in place during the dry fit. If you look closely you can see a rabbet at the top of the leg (toward the bottom of the pix because the desk is upside down) that was also dyed and stained black. This was part of the design that Greg (client) really liked. In reality, it provides a nice shadow line making it difficult to see if the legs and the ends of the top aren’t perfectly aligned if that ever happened to occur.

Finally, the inside of the cross brace in the sliding dovetail in the leg and the underside of the top. I epoxied the braces into the legs.

This will be the final entry in this blog and I will post the pix of the completed project after Greg and I get it in its new home. Fortunately, Greg is an amateur photographer so I am hopeful that he will be able to get the whole desk in each pic. Delivery is scheduled for this Saturday but I don’t know when he will send me the pix because he might choose to edit them.

Projects of this scale are difficult for me to manage by myself but with a bit of help from a buddy, I was able to complete the task. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge all the technical advice I received from the LJ community. Thank you and thanks for following along.

-- Art

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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 01-29-2020 09:55 PM

I watched and read every step of your blogs on this project. The walnut works so well with your design and the sliding dove tail will keep this desk inline for ever. Nice finish. Looking forward to the final project post. Hope the photos do it justice.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 01-29-2020 10:11 PM

Congrats on the completion! The desk looks great and should be enjoyed for many years to come.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-29-2020 10:16 PM

Super cool! Nice work.

-- Pete

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#4 posted 01-29-2020 10:21 PM

Great job Art! I know the job is not finished until it is delivered w/o any dings, but take a break and relish the day you will get your workshop back 8^)

The shadow line is a great idea, eliminates the monolithic look.

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#5 posted 01-29-2020 10:21 PM

Well done Art. That is a project to be proud of. That’s one bigass desk. Hopefully Greg has a wide angle lens.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 01-29-2020 10:34 PM

Awesome job! I followed it every step of the way. I can’t wait to see it on the projects page.

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#7 posted 01-29-2020 11:52 PM

Nicely done, Art. I hope it gets a lot of use and I’m sure it is appreciated by Greg.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#8 posted 01-30-2020 12:04 AM

great work job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 01-30-2020 04:08 AM

Neat project. I look forward to seeing the project post and final pictures.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#10 posted 01-30-2020 04:35 AM

Thanks Art,
Quality job. Enjoyed following along.
I feel it was done in a very timely manner with plenty of detail and pics, so no apology necessary!
Smart move with the rabbet.
Kuddos from me.

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#11 posted 01-30-2020 12:21 PM

Thanks for taking us along with you on this one. Plenty of good advice, suggestions, and explanation as you worked through it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#12 posted 01-30-2020 02:51 PM

I love the way walnut pops and cuts like butter. It’s the perfect wood!


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