Custom Partners Desk

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Project by Durbs75 posted 03-09-2017 10:59 AM 2327 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk was made and delivered about a year and a half ago. I was finally able to get some good pictures of it in place!! It was made to strict client specifications and it turned out awesome!!!

It is a partners desk custom made for a client of mine since she runs her own business from her home. There are many features to this desk and I’ll list them below.

The wood is solid red oak. The finish is a ceruse or “lime wash” look and while it’s not actually a traditional limed wax finish, it was done with different materials to achieve the look. The base stain is a deep rich custom dye and sealed and then the white ceruse material (Mohawk Duracoat White) sprayed on the entire surface. You let it dry and it dries to a powder. After MUCH buffing, the white was only left in the pores. The desk is finished with 3 coats of a satin acrylic poly.

There is storage on the open end that you see in the first picture and a file drawer on the other side of that. There is a middle drawer and then two drawers on the far side. The middle drawers feature a fold down front on them to access the keyboard concealed inside. The other drawers are dovetailed solid red oak and roll on steel ball bearing slides.

The base of the desk is a steel welded frame (I create and weld my own metal work) with cross sections to make an “X”. There are two stabilizer supports for lateral stability. To allow for movement, the holes for the screws are elongated and slotted and oversized fender washers cover them. There is an informal cord management system where I drilled a hole on the underside of the drawer housing, a hole drilled at the top and underneath the top, and finally a hole drilled on the top of the desk with a collet to keep the cords together!

The dimensions are 48 inches wide by 88 inches long by 30 inches tall!! This is a functional work of art!!!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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Raymond Thomas

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#1 posted 03-09-2017 02:17 PM

Functional art, YES! Also a tribute to your skills! Well done!!

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#2 posted 03-09-2017 06:26 PM

Beautiful steel work—and is that grommet cover custom? Is it made of wood—or painted plastic? Looks great, in either case.

I appreciated you sharing you recipe for that finish—a very distinctive look, and nicely executed.

Is it for two people—one on each side?

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#3 posted 03-09-2017 06:42 PM

you killed it on this desk carey,the design and the finish is awesome,the client has gotta love only problem overall is you needed to have the grain on the front of the desk match,that finish really shows the mismatching grain otherwise very nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 03-09-2017 08:43 PM

Boy does this bring back old memories … Back in the 50’s, in the school wood shop we were doing what was then called “Silver Fox Finish”, and you have recreated that look … It’s a bit of extra work but what an exhilarating outcome.

Grain matching on the front would have really carried this one over the top, but sometimes we just can’t do that with the wood we have to buy …

All in all, you have created a wonderful one of a kind piece, and the customer will be proud of it for years to come … and it will never be out of style.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 03-09-2017 09:16 PM

Well done Carey !

Its certainally an impressive desk thats for sure.

I also noticed the grain on the front too maybe its just a woodworker thing.
Without being there, it looks like the R/H drawer front could have been used on the slide out file drawer to mantain the gran matching effect.
Regardless its a eye catcher.

The desk top cable grommet is also nifty.
One other question wher does the desk top computer go?

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 03-09-2017 09:35 PM

You really did a nice job on this desk.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 03-09-2017 11:30 PM

Thank you all or your comments.

Pottz, Grumpymike, & Robcastle – I agree with your assessment of the grain flowing. I wish I could go back and make these changes, but I certainly will make a note for future projects!! For projects of this caliber, I need to remember this!!! Thank you for your critiques!!

Jayseedub – Those are red oak grommets I made for this specific project. The partner desk is made for two people, one on each side. Both sides have the exact same features and locations. My client’s husband works from home on occasion and uses the other side!

Robcastle – they use laptops for their work computers and the cables that you see are the keyboard USB ends that hook into the laptop so they can use the laptop screen and use an external keyboard.

Grumpymike – I’ll look up silver fox finish sometime and check it out!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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