Talesin Desk just in time for Christmas

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Project by EarlS posted 12-27-2016 01:14 AM 3530 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that Christmas is over I can catch up on posting my latest project.

I spent most of the fall building a version of Kevin Rodel’s Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Talesin Desk working off Sketch-Up plans from fellow LJ Jim Young and advice from a number of folks that followed the build on my LJ Blog.

Since I went through the build in excruciating detail on my LJ blog, including most of the do’s and plenty of don’ts I will just provide the executive summary.

The desk is cherry with a walnut top. It is a massive desk, dimensions are 39” x 72” x 31” tall. The finish is Arm-R-Seal with Behlen’s Finishing wax on the top.

Kevin Rodel’s original design was inspired by FLW so I did some research and found numerous pictures of the FLW Oak Park Studio ceiling stained glass panels. I also found a Mowtawi tile with the design that I used for reference through out the process, especially when working with the folks at Heritage Glass.

Having found a lamp with similar design elements, I decided to use stained glass panels at the top of each leg and in each drawer to convey the look of the Oak Park studio stained glass. My friend Alex at Glass Heritage in Davenport, IA did an outstanding job of capturing the look on the 2” wide panels.

While I waited for Alex to finish the final glass panels for the drawer pulls I also made a bill box, borrowing the look of the side spindles on the desk. My daughters tell me it looks like a really small crib or a cage for a hamster…

I was inspired to find not only coasters with the FLW Oak Park design, but also a throw blanket and a mouse pad. I plan to make a clock using the FLW Mowtawi tile as well as a chair.

The final glass panels were installed on Christmas Eve day, making the desk my Christmas present.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 01:44 AM

Beautiful! I wish I had the room to build one for my office, but we are downsizing. I have the same lamp!

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 05:08 AM

Beautiful project wouldn’t mind getting some work do there.

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#4 posted 12-27-2016 05:33 AM

Totally Awesome, I love the glass inclusions, that really makes it pop overall.
Great job,


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 12-27-2016 06:36 AM

That came out great! The glass is a perfect compliment to a stunning desk.

Is that a FLW mouse pad I see? We got a FLW pillow at Taliesin West, and it has been a nice addition to my Morris chair.

Congratulations on a project well done indeed.

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

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#6 posted 12-27-2016 01:48 PM

You have obviously put a lot into this project and I would say it was well worth the effort. It’s a beautiful desk.

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#7 posted 12-27-2016 03:37 PM

great looking project

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#8 posted 12-28-2016 12:00 AM

You definitely put you’re own style on this desk.

Well done.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#9 posted 12-28-2016 12:10 AM

This kind of work inspires me, absolutely beautiful!

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