African trophy kudu desk and chair.

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Project by Arthouse posted 07-11-2015 02:17 PM 2265 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another African Kudu table I made for a client who shot his own animal with tanned skins. He wanted drawer boxes on top like a roll top desk . I first polished the horns and put silver tips on the bottom . I then proceeded to buy quarter saw red oak for all the wood so when I finished the quarter sawn blisters would not receive the stain and latex wash burnishing for final finish to get a textured finish. I build the table top30 ’’x 65’’ and built the drawer boxes on top . I then carved all the chair parts using an inverted square diamond . The desk apron had the square buttons in reverse which was cut individually on a chop saw then crosscut on table saw and glued into a dado slot. I then fluted the back curved chair parts with a router on a curved gig. I then assembled the small drawer boxes before finishing. I had to finish the desk top first because it would have been suicide to try and stain and seal getting in all the small slots I then routed a slot into the top to accept the assembled box top. I then finished the whole desk and chair with a latex burnished finished. Sent the executive finished chair to the upholster and got have finished one of the most dynamic pieces of my career. The client was estatic. Happy he ordered a gemsbok tri pod table and gemsbok lamp. It makes me feel a complete craftsman when they are happy and my talents appreciated . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 07-11-2015 03:52 PM

He should be ecstatic. He will spend much time sitting at and admiring his heirloom piece. You mastered some challenging materials.

Ya done good !!

-- Groveland, CA.

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 03:54 PM

Incredible! Thanks for sharing.

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#3 posted 07-11-2015 04:59 PM

Very impressive piece!

Did you have to fill the antlers to make them stronger? How did you attach the metal tips?

Thanks for sharing!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 07-11-2015 05:27 PM

Very COOL!

COOL design… and Craftsmanship…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 07-12-2015 02:49 AM

Looks like your shop and store are paid for and your reputation as a master woodworker is secure. Thank
you once again for sharing your work with us. Both the desk and the table look great. What do you have
planned for the longhorn horns?

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 02:41 PM

I’m sure the kudu admires it too. Oh wait, he’s dead. Gross waste of talent

-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

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#7 posted 07-12-2015 02:44 PM


-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 07-13-2015 06:04 AM

Beautiful desk and chair!! Pictures don’t do it justice. Love seeing your Gallery every time I come through there, and really nice talking with you about your projects. Thanks.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#9 posted 07-14-2015 02:12 PM

Stunning pieces! Impressive!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 07-14-2015 02:47 PM

Wow! This is very impressive work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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