Shaker slant top writing desk & Pen

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 02-14-2016 07:34 PM 1277 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this little slant top desk and pen case for my sons 18th birthday (16th Feb). He is a lad of the written word, spending a great deal of his time penning plays, scripts and so forth. He is off to university after the summer holidays so I thought the desk and pen would serve a purpose.

The items are made from acaicia wood, recycled from an old cabinet which once stood in his bedroom. I thought the wood would have a little significance, it being a piece of furniture from his youth.

I have to say, the wood was incredibly difficult to work, the tools needed to be continually sharpened as acaicia is unbelievably, hard, dense and heavy. To compound matters the grain is unpredictable, tearing out quite frequently.

Other than rout the pen slots at the router table all other work was conducted by using hand tools. The carcass is 10mm thick and the top is 16mm thick. Bread board ends with pegged mortices to reduce the risk of racking.

Finished with Java gel stain three coats of wipe on poly and three coats of paste wax buffed to a mid sheen.

A friend of mine turned the pen from the same wood, Turning pens is way beyond my skill set, so I was thankful for his assistance.

I had a small plaque engraved with his birth date and attached it to the inside back board.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 07:40 PM

nice work, love the grain of the acaicia

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 08:01 PM

Hey amigo,
You did a beautiful job on the writing desk for Jarvie…..It’s hard to believe that that young man will be 18…Seems like only yesterday he was just a young sprig….I remember the pictures of you , Julie, and Jarvie. Man, how time flys….But a stellar job ob the build of the desk….Him being a writer, he should get good use out of it…..Don’t be a stranger to LJs…...How many more years until you retire…?

It’s been a long time since I heard anything out of you….Thought you might of skipped back to Scotland..!!

-- " There's a better way to do it.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#3 posted 02-14-2016 09:33 PM

Nice work David and a special use of up cycled material creating a piece that will be cherished by generations to come and also be a much used piece for a laptop etc..also .
Keep up the good work .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 02-15-2016 12:29 AM

Super nice project Dubba!!! Thinking that will be a prized possession for many a year to come….well done sir!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 12:40 AM

This is a beautiful heirloom your son will charish. Very fine dovetail details and all in all great looks. Such a great gift from the heart. Really like everything about it….......

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 08:59 AM

Thanks for the kind words folks, very much appreciated.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#7 posted 02-15-2016 04:47 PM

Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 09:34 AM

Really nice gift that will give great use for many years.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 02-18-2016 03:00 AM

Nice work David. I’m sure he will treasure it for many years.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 02-18-2016 09:18 AM

Thanks everyone who took the time to offer a comment, much appreciated.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#11 posted 02-18-2016 06:01 PM

Very impressive workmanship—sure to be a treasured, family heirloom.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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