Walnut and Granite Desk for my Wife

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Project by Josh posted 04-09-2017 08:19 PM 1123 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first serious woodworking project so I’m really excited to share with everyone here. I built this desk for my wife because she needed a dedicated desk to work from since she often works from home.

The base is made from walnut. I used mortise and tenon joints to connect the legs to the frame; my very first time making mortise and tenon joints. I was a bit nervous trying it for the first time but in the end I was glad I did it. They weren’t perfect but a lot of lessons learned for next time. :-)

The drawer fronts are clearly walnut as well but I used cheaper plywood and hardboard to construct the actual drawers for a little cost savings since you won’t see them very often. I didn’t own a dovetailing jig for the drawers and I had enough adventure in this project making my mortise and tenon for the first time that I used lock rabbet joints for their construction; they were sturdy enough and since they’re plywood I didn’t need to make them too pretty.

I used teak oil for the finish. I didn’t want to change the color of the wood or add anything that would prevent you from touching the wood like a shellac or poly. The oil really made the grain on the walnut pop out.

The thing I think I’m most proud of in this project is that there are no mechanical fasteners. I love projects where you can’t see any screws or nails.

Finally, I decided against a wood table top. My wife’s family does custom natural stone work so I partnered with my father-in-law to create the 60”x22” table top. Office desks can take a beating with wear from a computer mouse and using pens so I figured what better than stone to take that. He suggested the “Palomino” granite. The darker colors match the walnut well but the lighter colors really brighten up the piece as walnut can be pretty dark on its own. I “attached” the stone to the table with a little bit of silicon in each corner and a whole lot of gravity. In the event we need to move the table, I want to be able to remove the top for safe transport. The little bit of silicon should be easy to detach but enough to keep the top from sliding around if someone leans on it or something.

-- Josh, WA

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#1 posted 04-09-2017 08:23 PM

I really, really like the outcome of your work. I’d love to make a granite top table, but the cost of that material is fairly high for those of use operating in the open market. Your desk table tis very nice and will serve so well.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 12:03 AM

That is a beautiful table. The walnut and the top Compliment each other very nicely.

-- Cut it chop it rip it....make it!!!!

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 01:01 AM

Fantastic color choices. That top goes beautifully with the base. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 02:50 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 10:09 PM

Congratulations to you!!!! Great first “SERIOUS” project for you to complete. Love the stone as well. Smart idea. Look fwd to many more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 10:13 PM

Really nice looking. The wood and ‘busy’ granite grain are gorgeous. For a first project you killed it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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