Taliesin Desk in Cherry #10: Finally!

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Blog entry by JimYoung posted 02-25-2016 09:51 PM 2188 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’ll its finally finished. I’ve been busy since my last entry, but I kept pecking away at it.

I had some issue with the finishing. I had the top all done, and decided to add one more coat. I had wet sanded it down with 400, and wiped on the final coat. The coat did not cover like when I was brushing it on, so I let it dry for 6 hour and brushed on what I thought would be the final coat. When I came back, the finish had bubbled in several spots. So, back to sanding. I’m glad to report the final coats went much better.

Once the finish had set for a week or so, I started rubbing it out with Behlen’s Deluxing Compound at EarlS’s suggestion. This worked pretty well, and I’m happy with the results. The base was a real pain with all the nooks and crannies. For the top I got out my car RO buffer and it went pretty fast.

Next up was to route recesses for the figure 8 fasteners I used for the top. I just free handed these, with 4 per side.

The final bit of construction, also the scariest, was to cut a 2” hole in the finished top for a cable guide. I taped off the top, measured twice and started with a hole saw. No issues, and I have a plastic trim piece from Woodcraft to finish it off.

Last night I moved the old desk out of my office, steam cleaned the carpet, and today started moving my new desk in. I’m actually type this blog on my new desk.

All in all, I am very pleased with how it came out. There are a few mistakes here and there, but looking at in my office, I’m the only one who will know they are there. I think I learned a few new things, honed a few older skills, and gain some confidence to try similar size projects.

Thanks for following along,

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

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#1 posted 02-26-2016 12:39 PM

Thanks for the blog. I am impressed with the clean design and ultimate finish. Well done.

-- DonB

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 02:17 PM

Jim – I love the prairie style and this is such a great piece.

I can imagine how nerve wracking it must have been to cut that hole.

Your finish looks great, you really overcame the challenges.

Great job!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-26-2016 05:07 PM

There were several nerve wracking times in this build. The legs were very complex and I had a limited amount of 12/4 cherry, so every time I had to work on them I made sure I had a plan and knew what I was going to do.


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

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#4 posted 10-01-2016 03:29 PM

I love this design. Great job on the project and an inspiration for the rest of us.

-- Ken, New Hampshire,

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 08:33 PM

Beautiful Desk!

Would you consider sharing your sketchup file?

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#6 posted 12-29-2017 11:37 PM

Hey Jim,
Would I be able to get plans for this desk, I adore the design.

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