Live Edge Computer Desk (Highly Figured)

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Project by Russell Eck posted 11-21-2015 05:34 PM 3974 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a computer desk I just finished for my wife. I am pretty happy with the overall outcome as some of the design process was interesting to figure out.

Two natural edges meet in the middle where a piece of glass floats over it. Both pieces of maple were recessed the thickness of the glass to provide a flush flit top. Bottom left compartment fits a computer tower and I may add a drawer in the smaller hole eventually. Did through tenons on the U-shaped walnut leg. All the cracks and holes were intentional on my walnut selection. I really wanted figured and natural boards.

The maple was EXTREMELY porous and took about 15+ layers of finish before it would start building. I started off with sealcoat shellac on the whole project and built up around 10 layers for added depth. Then I finished off the whole project with General Finishes High Performance Polycrylic.

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#1 posted 11-21-2015 07:02 PM

Hey I like this … very different! The side, angled photo really shows the beauty and uniqueness of the piece.

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#2 posted 11-21-2015 07:27 PM

Great looking desk!

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#3 posted 11-21-2015 08:57 PM

Nice project, that wood is gorgeous. Well done.

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 08:51 AM

Ditto! Very well done!!

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 03:14 PM

looks great

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 02:35 PM

Nice build. I like how you incorporated the live edge in the center.

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#7 posted 11-23-2015 04:37 PM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

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