Library Table / Office Table

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Project by oldreddog posted 02-11-2015 03:01 PM 1525 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were a for my insurance agent, I moved all my house/auto/shop insurance to a local office in my home town. a few months later he called and asked about some desks. I asked him to come by to discuss these.
His original thought was barn wood / reclaimed lumber.
i showed him a piece of Qt. sawn white oak I had left after another project.
He liked it, we discussed “desks” he said he needed 2 and a bridge to connect them.
Since he is in the insurance business he keeps everything in a metal fire proof cabinets in the file room. I asked if would consider two separate tables connected with a “bridge” with no built in drawers.
My idea was since he has two kids in school, a few years they will be off to college and starting homes. He will be retiring soon after that. He could disconnect the bridge and give each of his kids a nice 6 foot or the 7 foot table to start out their homes. The bridge could be then converted to a coffee table ( if I am still alive) and used also.
He loved the idea.
I then took him to a local sawmill here in town and he helped hand pick his material, and paid for it !
he was like a kid in the candy store. He was available to choose stains , finish etc. since he lives close by.
I let his son come sand the tops to get some time away from x-box games from what his dad said and that helped his labor bill. The tables were all qt. sawn white oak, mortise and tenon with draw bore joints.
The first photo is the 6 ft. table, the last is of the 7 ft. table. I thought I would take some time to day to post some projects from the last few months…

I built nice webs to connect the tops.
off the shelf minwax stain, and General finish top coat for durability in a office setting.
I will dig up the photo of the desk installed.
He was so thrilled with the job , he ordered a wall hanging daily file holder i will post. it was built from some of the scraps and a few pieces we got at the mill.

-- oldreddog

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 03:31 PM

Nice simple design. Looks great.

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 12:57 AM

Tough to beat QSO, nice job.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#4 posted 02-13-2015 08:04 PM

Love the material selection, and great table too.

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

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