Desk for the wife

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Project by g1hopper posted 07-31-2009 08:51 PM 3150 views 21 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had been asking me for a while for a desk to put the lap top on and to organize mail with. After much thought and time this is what I came up with. I wanted it to look like no other. It is my own design. The only part I had truly decided on before I started was the design of the Legs and the basic dimensions I need the top to be so that everything would fit.

What it is made out of:
Walnut – legs and back of the top section
Maple – drawer sides, cases, and mail slots (curly maple for the top of the top section)
Ebony – for the drawer pulls and plugs on the top
Rambutan – for the top of the main desk and drawer fronts

This was my first desk and I enjoyed making it. Things I would consider doing different.
The cross supports for the legs; I would most likely change it so that there were only two of them and make them a little more stylish.
I would most likely lower the desk top by about 2 inches.

-- Steve, Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 07-31-2009 09:01 PM


i like this very much i would love to see a how to? as we all know chairs are one of the hardest things to make and i think yours looks stunning and a great use of wood . And what did you use for the finishing process


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 07-31-2009 09:02 PM

Very nice, i like the contrasting woods. Nice design.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#3 posted 07-31-2009 09:02 PM

Very Lovely, Nice choices of wood and good joints.

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#4 posted 07-31-2009 09:07 PM

You truly are talented. Very creative design. Something to show off when guests come over.

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#5 posted 07-31-2009 09:18 PM

Gorgeous I’m sure the wife loves it..

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

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#6 posted 07-31-2009 09:51 PM

Fantabulous, I mean, wonderiffic, suprfection, I mean, Beautious man!!!!!!!

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

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#7 posted 07-31-2009 10:09 PM

nice job steve she’s a real beauty! That finish looks spectacular. great colors too. nice work

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#8 posted 07-31-2009 10:14 PM

Love that finish, it really pops. What type of finish is it and what was your process?

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#9 posted 07-31-2009 10:14 PM

Awesome job, love love love it! I think the contrasting wood is my favorite part. Want to build me one? Nice work.

-- Ken, Florida,

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#10 posted 07-31-2009 10:15 PM

Man thats a sweet desk. I love the design and contrast in the colours, also the shape of the undercarriage/ legs.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 07-31-2009 10:19 PM

Fantastic job!!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#12 posted 07-31-2009 10:27 PM

Really, really great looking furiture! Great craftsmanship! love the contrasts

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#13 posted 07-31-2009 10:30 PM

Sweet Desk!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 07-31-2009 10:35 PM

Amazing Work … very nice job … i love the desk and the other chair too … I am starting a rocking chair out of maple and walnut soon … I hope they turn out even half of what yours are …

-- RavinHeart - Wisconsin

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#15 posted 07-31-2009 10:48 PM

Thank you all very much for your very nice comments. Yes, the wife loves it.
Some of you have asked about the finish. I used General Finishes, Arm-R-Seal Oil & Urethane Topcoat, Gloss. The legs have two coats. Drawer fronts have three. The top has five; I believe (lost count). Sanded to 220 before the first coat and sanded with 320 between each coat.

RavinHeart, what style of rocking chair? I will be starting on a rocker as well soon, the plan for it to be out of Walnut with Purpleheart high lights. (Based on the Maloof’s style)

-- Steve, Omaha, NE

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