Walnut Slab Desk

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Project by HenryH posted 12-20-2014 12:46 AM 1762 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut Slab Desk
Walnut, Minwax Wipe On Poly

I built this desk for my wife. She didn’t want a conventional 4 legged square desk so the 3 legged asymmetrical base is what I came up with. I also threw in a couple of carvings on the stretchers.

I bought the 10/4, air dried,walnut slab from Dave Spacht’s sawmill near my home in SE PA over a year ago. I worked on it in fits and starts and kind of left it alone all summer. I finally got inspired and finished it up a couple of days ago. Well now I have a Christmas present for her!

It definitely required some work to get it flat (flat enough ) and I took it down to almost 8/4. I built a router jig to do the hard work and finished up with a hand plane and sander.(see pics) Also there were some odd angle mortise and tenons on the base which I also pinned for extra strength.

I don’t think my pics do justice to the color and figure that is in this piece a wood. It really is something.

All in all, not bad and I have room to walk in my basement shop again.

-- HenryH - PA

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 12:54 AM

Man that’s a beautiful slab! I’m sure your wife is going to just love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 01:04 AM

What a great looking table! I love the three legged design.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 12-20-2014 04:37 AM

Very original, beautiful work.

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#5 posted 12-20-2014 02:58 PM

looks great

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#6 posted 12-20-2014 05:20 PM

Beautiful work

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#7 posted 12-20-2014 05:22 PM

The pic of the grain is amazing and you say it doesn’t do justice. It looks amazing from here.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 12-21-2014 01:07 AM

Beautiful and amazing.

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#9 posted 12-21-2014 04:27 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

-- HenryH - PA

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#10 posted 01-29-2017 11:11 PM

Gorgeous desk!

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