Maple slab, salvaged doug fir desk

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Project by LiveEdge posted 02-17-2015 04:29 PM 5167 views 17 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on this desk on and off since September. It’s finally (almost) done! I designed the plan myself and made it into a double sided desk (you can see the bank of drawers on the other side). However, in the room it now lives in it can only be used on one side due to the large treadmill also in the same room.

I bought the big-leaf maple slab from a fellow lumberjock and finished it with tung oil. (One of the additional projects is probably to put a few coats of poly on top as well as to finish the end grain which I notice I missed). The slab measures 3’x6’. The slab is attached to the desk with figure eight fasteners.

The reclaimed wood is a hundred year old doug fir and comes from a historic tannery in Dallas, OR which was finally dismantled in the last few years. When working with reclaimed wood you constantly have to trade off between squareness and keeping the patinas on the faces you want. It’s always a challenge. The doug fir is not finished at all and was only sanded with 60 grit to remove dirt and debris and splinters.

There are a few things that need attention including an unused dado on the center posts that was originally going to take wood that separated the two sides. I ultimately decided it wasn’t necessary and could possibly obstruct someone with long legs.

Thanks for taking a look.

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#1 posted 02-17-2015 04:35 PM

Nice job of a rustic beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 02-17-2015 04:46 PM

Quite a beautiful piece. I love the slab and how it matches with the reclaimed fir. Kudos!

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#3 posted 02-17-2015 05:57 PM

That curly maple top is gorgeous.

A desk nice and light for a college student to put in their third floor dorm room? LOL

great piece, like the rough saw marks for the base and drawer fronts.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-17-2015 06:00 PM

Haha. Yes. It’s a beast. Not something I want to move too many times.

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#5 posted 02-17-2015 07:10 PM

That is really cool. Beautiful slab of wood. Great job

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#6 posted 02-17-2015 08:07 PM

WOW the grain is amazing I love it….

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 02-17-2015 08:43 PM

Wow, what a nice table.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#8 posted 02-17-2015 09:26 PM

beautiful top

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#9 posted 02-18-2015 12:53 AM

Love that slab! And I also like the rough-sawn lumber—gives it a rustic look!

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

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#10 posted 02-18-2015 03:27 AM

pretty is an understatement

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#11 posted 02-18-2015 04:03 AM

Wonderful looking desk, love the drawer fronts

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 02-18-2015 01:33 PM

Came out great. Your base and slab compliment each other. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#13 posted 02-18-2015 01:36 PM

That is one to drooool over. Beautiful. Perfect choice for that slab.

-- jerry

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#14 posted 02-18-2015 01:36 PM

You’ve really brought out the beauty of this wood as a project. Super nice!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 02-18-2015 01:43 PM

This to me is fine furniture, awesome

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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