Walnut desk valet

  • Advertise with us
Project by zombeerose posted 02-26-2009 04:37 AM 2315 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this desk valet to help organize my devices and keep the cords hidden.

The sides are finger-jointed and pinned together. This was my first attempt at a greene & greene style, which was fun to do. The lids are book-matched maple with some figure that I tried to enhance with dye. However, I was not pleased with the result so I decided to stick with shellac. Like always, pictures don’t do justice to the figure.

The pins at the joints, handle, and small lid supports are all purple heart. The leather wraps a piece of mdf with an inset curve on each edge to allow a hidden area for the cords to squeeze by.

The finish is a coat of shellac, a coat of general finishes seal-a-cell, and a couple coats of general finishes arm-r-seal. I finished it off with some wax.

Completed 2-09

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

6 comments so far

View mtnwild's profile


4047 posts in 4610 days

#1 posted 02-26-2009 04:57 AM

Looks nice, great wood , cool details, nice lines. Great job.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

View tinnman65's profile


1414 posts in 4497 days

#2 posted 02-26-2009 05:04 AM

Very nice work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

View CharlieM1958's profile


16292 posts in 5301 days

#3 posted 02-26-2009 05:52 AM

Interesting design…. well done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


20856 posts in 4759 days

#4 posted 02-26-2009 09:23 PM

Very unique. Does the leather writing surface have the rough side out?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View zombeerose's profile


88 posts in 5238 days

#5 posted 03-02-2009 04:22 AM

Yup – the rough side of the leather is exposed. I wanted a little “traction” for the devices that are sitting on it.

Thanks for all the comments :D

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

View Wingstress's profile


339 posts in 4598 days

#6 posted 03-07-2009 05:53 AM

Nice job, I like the handle design on the lids. I made a similar one…

!Click for details!

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics