Custom Maple Executive Desk

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Project by Durbs75 posted 09-19-2016 12:18 PM 2864 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good day!! This is my first post on Lumberjacks and it is a project that I completed almost 2 years ago. I have been working as a custom woodworker professionally for a year and as a serious hobby for over 15 years. I took the plunge September 2015 and quit my day job and began woodworking as a career profession. It’s true what they say, “behind every woodworker, is a wife with a good job.” I have been a long time Lumberjocks fan and now that I have been in business for myself for a complete year now, I decided to join. I wanted to make sure that I was successful enough for a year before I joined. I’m so thankful to be able to work from home and for myself!! I’ll continue to post my projects from the past several years so you’ll be getting A LOT of projects to review. After that I’ll continue to post projects as I complete them!! Cheers!!!!!!

This executive desk was custom crafted using Curly Maple and custom colored using a multistep dyeing process. The desk is comprised of curly maple and features a custom leather top. Construction is mortise and tenon for the frame and panels and dovetail joinery for the drawer boxes. Additional features include a cord management system, oil rubbed bronze drawer pulls, steel ball bearing drawer slides, and 100% solid wood construction. The size is 30 inches tall, 30 inches deep, and 72 inches wide. The finish is a satin acrylic poly sprayed on with an hvlp system.

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 12:44 PM

You made some serious work here, looks excellent.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 01:10 PM

That’s a beautiful desk. Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 01:35 PM

looks great

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 01:46 PM

Excellent piece of fine furniture. I’d say you found your calling. Best of luck in your new career path.

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 02:47 PM

That’s a beautiful piece of work. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 03:08 PM

Absolutely outstanding.

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 05:06 PM

Nice! Plenty to admire here – the leather top and dye work are high on that list. Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 05:19 PM

Very beautiful piece.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-19-2016 06:13 PM

I’m curious how you inlayed the leather. How do you glue it down (if you do), and how do you keep the edges from curling.

BTW, beautiful piece of work.

-- Steve, Jackson, GA

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#10 posted 09-19-2016 06:20 PM

Way too nice for any executive I know 8^)

Welcome aboard! It will be great to have another community member ‘committed’ to earning a living at woodworking. The question of making it profitable comes up often.

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#11 posted 09-19-2016 07:46 PM

This is a very nice desk. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 09-19-2016 09:47 PM

Beautiful piece of work. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#13 posted 09-19-2016 10:03 PM

Now that’s high style.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 09-19-2016 11:18 PM

Good evening. Thank you all so much for your kind words and warm welcomes. I feel truly blessed to be able to do this for a career and things are looking up!!! I’ll start posting more of my previous projects on here in the next few days! I’ll do my best to respond as quickly as possible to questions and other things. I am looking forward to being a member of Lumberjocks. All of you have beautiful work too!!! Thank you all again and have a great evening!

Mr. Mongo - the leather was applied with (I’m not joking) wallpaper paste. The leather shop I bought the leather from in Florida, said he uses wallpaper paste to adhere the leather to the tops. I made the top with solid wood by making the 3 panels where the leather is set into, like the side and front panels of the desk, all floating like a raised panel door. Since the leather pliable, it moves with the movement of the solid top! I recessed the floating panels about 1/16 below the stiles and the leather is butted right up to the edge, cut flush. I did put just a little extra paste on the edge to prevent curling. It has stayed for 2 years now!!

Splintergroup – Thanks for that. It’s been interesting to say the least in staying profitable. I am growing my business but being creative along the way. I am figuring out exactly what I do best, what I need to improve on, and what I need to wait to do until I get a bigger shop and am able to hire help. It’s been a fun process so far and can’t wait to see what the future holds!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#15 posted 09-19-2016 11:39 PM

That’s a beautiful executive’s desk! I like the maple, and the dye color you used—a regal looking combo. It’s a very elegant yet understated desk, and I’m sure the owner is very happy with it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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