Desk raised panel solid oak

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Project by mls posted 04-02-2010 05:11 PM 3877 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this solid red oak desk a few years ago. It was built from a local tree here in Saint Joseph, Missouri. A friend was taking down a large red oak so I got the logs and hauled them to a saw mill to process the tree for lumber. I was disappointed in the quality of the lumber though. I would have thought that a tree with a 32 inch trunk would be virtually knot free but the lumber was full of knots. So I had to waste a lot of the lumber to come up with enough to build this desk. But the results were worth it, I think. I glued together a cylinder and turned it round on my lathe and fluted it with my router right on the lathe. Then I quartered it and made each of the 4 round corners of the desk. I think the round corners make a very nice feature. The desk is raised panel construction on all sides even the back. So it is quite heavy. It has a 5/4 thick top. Full length dovetailed drawers with file drawers on both lower drawers. I put a writing shelf pull-out of solid oak on each side. The only change that I would have made is that I think it should have been about 1 inch shorter than the 31 inches that I made it.

-- Mike ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 05:14 PM

Beautiful Job.
It has heirloom written all over it!

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 05:31 PM

Very nice…that is going to stay in the family for generations to come.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 05:34 PM

Beautiful desk very nice work
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#4 posted 04-02-2010 05:41 PM

Beautiful looking desk. Great craftsmanship and very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 05:48 PM

very nice, i like the corners as well.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 06:08 PM

Nice details, looks good.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 11:06 PM

I think your desk looks excellent. Your corner posts definitely add a nice touch and make it stand out.

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 11:16 PM

now that is a thing of beauti very well done!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 02:28 AM

Awesome job on the desk. I love the way the corners are round. Superb workmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 04-06-2010 04:40 PM

Beautiful desk

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 12:50 AM

Very nicely detailed…it must be a pleasure to sit at something this beautiful : ) You mentioned the 31” height : Does it still bother you ? Would you have to make the middle drawer shorter as well , or do you have enough legroom as it is ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 02:14 PM

Leg room is about right. I wouldn’t want to reduce it nor shorten the middle drawer. I don’t notice the 31 inch height too much any more. And no one, other than me, has ever mentioned anything so I’m probably being overly critical. Thanks!

-- Mike ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#13 posted 06-03-2010 05:26 AM

I’m glad you’re happy with it now : ) It looks too nice to modify !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 06-03-2010 05:32 AM

Awesome job.

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