Taliesin Desk in Cherry #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by JimYoung posted 09-06-2015 04:33 PM 2254 reads 7 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been working my way up to this project over the last few years. I have an old “80’s oak” desk in my home office and while it is fine, the style is out of date. When I started in woodworking, my hope was to learn enough and hone my skills to be able to replace my desk some day.

I can across this design by Kevin Rodel on the Fine Woodworking site, but there was not much information on it just a few photos. I came across a free plan from Mr. Rodel (FWW July/Aug 2005) for an arts and crafts coffee table. In the article there were dimension given for end tables, a sofa table and a dinning table all in this style. Looking at the desk design and the dimensions of the dining table, they appeared to be similar proportions.

I started drawing the desk up in Sketchup, and a new LJ friend Dan M. helped finish them up.

So, enough with the planning and dreaming… A few weekends ago I took a drive to LL Johnson’s Workbench in Charlotte, MI. I could have bought the rough lumber closer to home, but LL’s prices were pretty reasonable so why not a take a closer look. This place is huge with 7 or 8 warehouses full of every type of wood you can imagine. The guys there were very helpful setting up my account and pulling down stacks of lumber for me to pick through. Their selection of cherry was great and I ended up buying 94bdft of various thicknesses. The guy at the desk even gave me the 100bdft price (30% off).

Now the fun starts…

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

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#1 posted 10-21-2015 09:17 PM

Why do you call it the Taliesin Desk? Is it influenced by FLW in some way?

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 02:24 AM

Hi Ben,

That is what Kevin Rodel calls it. I believe it does have some FLW influence in it, and having been to Taliesin West it would fit in there.

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

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