Custom Office Desk

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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 07-05-2007 02:39 AM 5150 views 17 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having built an interior for a home office, our client decided to have us design a desk for him. It had to fit into a small area, and allow both him and his wife to work at it together. It also had to fit the design motif of the room. The desk can be used as a one or two person desk, by stiiting either on the sides, or at the end.

Photo one is the completed desk, still in the shop.

Photo two shows the construction details.

Photo three shows test fitting the legs along with the stainless steel parts. They were turned from solid cylinders of stainless, and are quite heavy.

What we came up with is a curved, (on all four sides), desk. It fit nicely in the space, and since we used the same materials, it matched the existing furniture. After fighting over the price, we changed the design a little, which lowered the price somewhat. The final cost of the desk was $ 12,000.00

The main frame work is Mahogany, the veneered legs are Quilted Makore, with stainless steel top and bottom pieces. The writting surfaces are Black absolute granite.

We started with a full sized mock up, or model of the completed desk, which we left in the final spot for the finished desk. This allowed the client to decide if it would serve the purpose.

The legs are attached to the desk with 3/8” all thread, which travels from the top of the desk, thru the threaded stainless steel top piece, thru the hollow legs, and finally to the threaded bottom stainless steel foot. The bottom of the foot piece is recessed on the bottom and permits a leg leveler to be screwed in to the point of being invisable, should it not be needed.

We supplied a template to the granite company, who cut the pieces perfectly on the first attempt. They fit so well, I had to drill holes beneath them so they would allow the air to escape. Otherwise, they wouldn’t sit down. We also installed a method of raising any corner of the granite, using a screwdriver from the bottom of the desk, just in case the floor wasn’t level, and caused the granite to sit poorly.

The finish is pre cat lacquer.

The client visited the shop when the desk was completed. His comment was if he saw the desk first, he would have epected to pay about $ 50,000.00 for it.

I guess I should have built it first, and then given him a price.

All in all, a very fun project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-05-2007 02:48 AM

Lee, another fantastic project! The construction comments are greatly appreciated. You are an amazing craftsman!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 07-05-2007 02:56 AM

Hi Tom;

Thank you, but you are over estimating me. I’m just makin’ this stuff up!


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#3 posted 07-05-2007 03:04 AM

Wow…You’re production methods really allow for amazing flexibility. Beautiful desk.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-05-2007 03:11 AM

Hi Bob;

I agree, the construction technique allows for amazing design flexibility. It took me a while to figure out the best way to proceed, but this is how we would have built a curved wall, so I figured why not use it here.

Thank you for the nice compliment on the desk.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-05-2007 03:11 AM

I couldn’t agree more with Tom. This is high-style woodworking at its absolute best. I appreciate you taking the time to discuss the construction of the desk – worth every penny!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 07-05-2007 03:25 AM

Hi Don;
It’s easy to talk about something you love doing. And your compliment is quite appreciated. Some of my wealthy clients have no clue what they’re getting, which is frustrating at times.

I see your in Melbourne. I have a friend from there visiting now. A place I would like to visit for sure.

Thanks again;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-05-2007 03:39 AM

Your balance of all components is amazing. The use of veneers sure gives a person some flexibility doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 07-05-2007 04:04 AM

Thank you Roger.

The most important aspect of design is proportion. Without that, the finest workmanship in the world won’t look quite right.

For this reason, I am a firm beliver in mock ups.

As to veneers, I love them. The finest woods go to the veneer factories, which is a great use of this resource. Getting one 3/4” thick piece, or thirty 1/40” thick pieces, out of the same board, is a no brainer.

Plus the possibilities with veneers, like a radial match consisting of thirty pieces, isn’t remotely possible with solid woods.

Thank you again for the kind words.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-05-2007 04:16 AM

I admire the approachability of the desk. Well designed and constructed!

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#10 posted 07-05-2007 04:48 AM

Thank You Dennis.


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#11 posted 07-05-2007 05:31 AM

After I saw Lee’s desk, I QUITE. Anybody want to buy a bunch of tools cheap.


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#12 posted 07-05-2007 05:34 AM

Beautiful design, you can tell you took all things into consideration while designing it. Love the desk, gorgeous. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 07-05-2007 06:02 AM

Thanks Mike,

I appreciate the comments very much.


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#14 posted 07-05-2007 06:06 AM

Smack! That is a great piece of furniture!

I agree with your comments on the importance of design and proportion.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 07-05-2007 06:37 AM

Thanks Todd,

Having had my share of flops, it was a lesson well learned.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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