Walnut & Hickory Desk

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Project by MRue posted 06-29-2015 04:18 PM 2094 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son commissioned me to build him a desk (I’m not sure that commission is the correct word if no money changes hands)

Solid walnut about 45” x 24”
Full extension slides

I experimented with the hickory by painting it brown first with acrylic paint, then sanding it off. The deep grain in hickory retained the paint which gave it a great look that matched up nicely with the walnut.

The drawer fronts look a bit like a breadboard and the handle design I incorporated into lamination

Shipped the desk to Los Angeles from Seattle. I’m perfecting my crate making ability, I know everyone wanted to see it :) I think I’ve got the truck shipping procedure down now. Fairly painless after you figure it out.

Let me know what you think


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#1 posted 06-29-2015 04:50 PM

You nailed it. I will let you commission one for me as long as we are using that definition.

Well done.

-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 05:49 PM


Would you adopt me? LOL! Stellar piece sir! Hopefully he pays you back in other ways.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 07:47 PM

Love it ! Your son should be very happy with this desk.

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#4 posted 06-30-2015 12:55 AM

Beautiful work Mike, good job!

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#5 posted 06-30-2015 01:16 AM

I really like this, Mike. The paint on the hickory is a great idea. Nice job!

-- "Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?"

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#6 posted 06-30-2015 02:52 AM

Great work and a new technique for me – paint then sand…! Who’d have thought?


-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 06-30-2015 05:51 AM

Looks great, the contrast of colors is of great effect.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 06-30-2015 09:56 AM

absolutely Beautiful!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 06-30-2015 07:10 PM

Totally cool look to this piece….WoW !!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 06-30-2015 07:29 PM

beautiful looking piece

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#11 posted 06-30-2015 07:32 PM

Beautiful, indeed! Very nice work, and I wish you’d adopt me too!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#12 posted 06-30-2015 10:02 PM

Mike, super design! I really dig the asymmetry.

Would you mind sharing a bit into the process of shipping something like this. Is it a common parcel carrier or did you have to find a freight company, and do they work with one off things like this?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#13 posted 07-01-2015 01:03 AM

this design and build turned out great

-- Greg Simon

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#14 posted 07-01-2015 04:09 PM

Shipping furniture

Assuming it is more than 100 pounds or so, it makes sense to use a common carrier freight company. On the West Coast I use Reddaway or Yellow Freight

Here is what I’ve found to make it economical:

Contact them to obtain an account number ahead of time. Though its not needed to ship, it’s my experience that established customers get a substantially reduced rate than walk-ins

The “class” of the goods make a significant difference as to the rate they charge. When you call them to set it up, they’ll ask you what it is you’re shipping. If you call it “furniture” it’s going to be more expensive than if you call it “household goods” The downside is that if they break it during shipment then they don’t have to reimburse you nearly as much as if its furniture.

If you are able to bring it to a nearby terminal and have it picked up at the other end at their terminal, then the cost is substantially less (about half) But you have to schlepp it there and someone needs to pick it up. On my desk project (Seattle to Los Angeles) The quoted cost was $360 if it was delivered to his house and $142 if they picked it up at the terminal.

Weight. I’m sure different companies handle this differently, but the desk that I just shipped weighed (with the crate) about 125 pounds. The cost was the same as long as it didn’t exceed 200 lbs. I beefed up the crate

I build a custom crate and it took 2 or 3 hours to make. A frame made of cheap home depot pine and lined on the inside with cardboard or cheap, thin plywood.

The folks at Reddaway were terrific, both on the phone and at the terminal. It took less than 48 hours to get from Seattle to LA. (it has taken as many as 5 days in the past)+

Hope this is helpful and thank you all for your nice comments

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#15 posted 07-01-2015 04:24 PM

Thanks Mike!

Been thinking about that as I live about 2 hours from MN/St Paul. I’d have to see if my nearest city Mankato has a shipping co. Much appreciated. Hope it arrived without incident.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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