Contemporary reception desk

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As you can see, I have a hard time building a square box. Found this picture the other day of a desk I designed and built a few years ago. Only have the one picture. (sorry). I get these crazy thoughts in my head sometimes and can’t let it go until I build it. Did it just as a challenge to myself. This was my first curved piece. The wood for the very top, face trim and base is Mahogany. The white is actually a veneer that was finished natural. (That’s the actual color of the veneer). It’s a processed veneer that was a layered Beech, Pearwood and White birch. It’s a unique process where they layer the veneers and somehow twist it and then reslice it. It gives it an awesome look. I can’t find the manufacturer anymore, so don’t know if they went out of business or what. Up close, it looked almost like a white lacewood. The back splash and knee area is actually a laminate. The drawer is of course dovetailed and I used a drawer kicker so didn’t have to use a pull.
The main part of the desk was done with bendable plywood, layered around a form I built, then veneered.
Fun project and a great challenge. Wanted to keep the desk, but an Interior Designer saw it a wouldn’t take no for an answer. Oh well, wish I would have taken more pictures at the time.

-- John @

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 04:38 PM

Very nice work John, you have a dream job

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#2 posted 09-05-2009 05:50 PM

Hey John
Now this is totally cool .super design and even better build. building in the round can be tough.
Fantastic. great job.


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#3 posted 09-05-2009 06:33 PM

Nice work really.
Have you been inspired by Biedermeier’s desk ? I’ve the project to build one myself.

-- Jean-Franco

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#4 posted 09-05-2009 06:34 PM

Wow John this is a real show stopper ! I like everything about it .
To bad you can’t find that veneer it has a really nice patern to it and it really sets off the Mahogany nicely.

Great craftsmanship!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 09-05-2009 06:41 PM

Nice work!

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#6 posted 09-05-2009 07:47 PM

Very impressive design. Great job John!

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#7 posted 09-06-2009 03:42 AM

this is a cool piece

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#8 posted 09-06-2009 05:31 AM

A real beauty, great design too.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 09-06-2009 05:00 PM

Very unique design. An eye catching piece for sure. It sure will be tough finding a receptionist, pretty enough to sit at it though! I’m afraid the beauty of your work will over shadow hers. Congratulations on an excellent concept and build.

Ken McGinnis

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#10 posted 09-07-2009 07:01 AM

It came out awesome.

What a beautiful desk.

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#11 posted 09-28-2009 09:59 AM

Really cool and nice. I like it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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