Hickory Roll Top Desk

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Project by Jeff posted 09-02-2009 11:20 PM 7569 views 3 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this desk for my wife as an birthday present. I love hickory. It has great variations in color and is very hard and dense. It’s also plentiful here in North Carolina.

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 11:22 PM

Very impressive work Jeff very nice most outstanding.

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 11:43 PM

It’s beautiful. Wish I had the room to do projects like that. Bravo Zulu.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 11:45 PM

very nice- I really like Hickory as well, very nice grain structure and color.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 11:47 PM

Jeff, this is a nice desk. Roll top desks are timeless pieces that are always in style and demand. You did a nice job with the construction. I am sure the novelty wore off making the raised panels after completing the first few but they add a distinctive look to the desk and are well worth the effort. Nice choice of wood as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 09-02-2009 11:51 PM

what a beautiful job…i love hickory too…i do have a question though, the drawer fronts seem to be very light ..seems to be missing the variation of color as the rest of the piece, or is it just the lighting…but a very stunning piece… sure she loves it…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 09-02-2009 11:53 PM

Beautiful, down right beautiful!

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

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#7 posted 09-02-2009 11:54 PM

Jeff, you did a beautiful job on the desk.

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#8 posted 09-03-2009 12:01 AM

Hey Jeff very nice build, bet the wife loved it!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#9 posted 09-03-2009 12:06 AM

Great job, love the wood.

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#10 posted 09-03-2009 12:26 AM

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. It took three months but I had a great time and you’re right she does love it.
To answer a few questions:
the drawers do look light in the photos. But they are hickory. They may look slightly different becasue I saved the best and clearest wood for the drawer fronts.
you can obtain small quantities of many types of wood at Steve Wall Lumber ( It isn’t where I bought my hickory but I’ve bought lumber there before.

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#11 posted 09-03-2009 12:34 AM

looks great, has a really great feel to it, hard to explain but no to big not to small, hickory is good.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#12 posted 09-03-2009 12:34 AM

nice job!!

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#13 posted 09-03-2009 01:03 AM

What a nice addition, I bet the wife loves it. It looks like a million bucks.

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#14 posted 09-03-2009 01:09 AM

Gorgeous desk. I can only imagine the amount of work that went into it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#15 posted 09-03-2009 01:24 AM

Wow, I’m impressed. Love that hickory too. Great desk.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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