commission 0003 Creole desk

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Project by kiwi1969 posted 12-24-2009 12:35 AM 1823 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I must have been destined to build this desk as the copy of Popular woodworking and Early american life both featuring this piece found their way to the philippines within weeks of each other. Made from Gmelina the base is painted lemon yellow with top stained cherry with a wipe on poly. The paint hides the second grade wood i had to use on the base as i,ve almost run out of timber stocks! but it works for me and hopefully others will like it too. For sale in a gallery in Makati.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 04:32 AM

Nice looking desk.

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 04:37 AM

I think it is fantastic and many of my neighbors would love to have that table in their 1850’s homes. What is Gmelina and how is it to work? How did you shape the legs? Can you tell me which issues of what magazines this was in?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 05:16 AM

Hi! It’s very nice to see you break it into the Makati market. Nice piece.


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#4 posted 12-24-2009 02:18 PM

Hi terry. Check out pop wood feb 2007 issue 160 all the how too is in there including the legs. Gmelina is a plantation wood grown here to supply the furniture trade because of the decline of local woods due to overharvesting. It works well but can be prone to tearout if handplanning. The dust is really fine so good collection and a mask are a must. Stains well and some of the grain can really pop so selection of pieces for glue up is important. Don,t know if its available near you, maybe try the name white teak.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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