Solid Cherry Writing Desk

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 11-27-2016 07:52 AM 2087 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk is made almost entirely of locally harvested Florida cherry. My wife wanted a new desk and I was tired of buying a new desk every few years so I built this one. One criteria was to make sure that there were not a lot of deep drawers to reduce the accumulation of junk. Since she was using only a laptop, it did not have to be very deep. I used some character rich boards for the top which included some knots that I filled with black dyed epoxy and also included some sapwood for interest. The slides are made in an i-beam type construction (pic #5) in order to transfer the weight of the drawers away from the thin face frames. The drawer stops are also shop made and designed by me (pic#4). They are gravity activated and cut thin to break before the rails on the front of the desk. The drawers are made with machine cut half-blind dovetails up front and housed dados in the back. The front apron and drawers were all cut from one piece to maintain grain match (pic #6). The wife is very pleased with this one so mission accomplished. Enjoy and please comment if you feel so compelled.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 11-27-2016 08:52 AM

Beautiful classic shape and excellent finish on top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 11:28 AM

Very, Very nice. I like the top but I love the front apron and drawers

-- 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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#3 posted 11-27-2016 12:59 PM

Very nice, a beautiful creation to last a long time, sure to become a family heirloom.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 01:15 PM

Very nice desk! You have inspired me.

How did you finish the top?

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 02:30 PM

Matt Thanks for the compliment! The finish is several coats of home-brew wipe-on poly (equal parts poly and thinning agent).

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#6 posted 11-27-2016 02:53 PM

Beautiful project!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#7 posted 11-27-2016 02:56 PM

I like the clean and simple lines – sometimes less is more. Nice job.

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#8 posted 11-27-2016 03:16 PM

Really nicely done!

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#10 posted 11-27-2016 06:38 PM

This is a beautiful writing desk and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 11-27-2016 10:37 PM

wonderful project – thanks for the great photos too

-- Greg Simon

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#12 posted 11-28-2016 05:14 AM

Even looks great in the close ups. It’s a very nice desk and tastefully done.

-- Rick M,

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