QSWO Arts and Crafts 3 drawer desk

  • Advertise with us
Project by revanson11 posted 06-23-2017 07:07 PM 1826 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been methodically replacing the cheaply made furniture items in our house. The particle board desk that we have is starting to look like a horse that has been overworked during its lifetime and has a defenite dip in the middle. I have been using a lot of QSWO for projects and love the way it machines and looks. This is my 4th piece that I have fumed with amonia and it matches pretty well in color with the Arts and Crafts display cabinet I made a while back. I attempted to match the drawer pulls with the ones on the display cabinet that I purchased from Gary Rucks at [email protected] and tried calling also but I get no response from either method. Does anyone know if he is still in business?

The desk is finished with a wash coat of garnet shellac then 3 coats of water lox and paste wax. It was probably a mistake waxing the desk top as I am concerned that it will show pen marks.

-- Randy, Central MN

8 comments so far

View Mean_Dean's profile


7057 posts in 4272 days

#1 posted 06-23-2017 07:22 PM

Great looking A&C desk—gonna be a major league improvement over your old particle board one!

As for the wax, I’d take it off. You can use mineral spirits to remove it; and then I’d re-topcoat with wipe-on poly. The polyurethane will provide a nice, durable finish for a desk top.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View buckbuster31's profile


256 posts in 1640 days

#2 posted 06-23-2017 08:19 PM

I like it! As time goes on we are getting more and more of my furniture put in the house!

View pintodeluxe's profile


6414 posts in 3938 days

#3 posted 06-23-2017 10:11 PM


Looks great.

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

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3991 days

#4 posted 06-24-2017 01:18 PM

This is a very nice piece and you did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View SOG's profile


22 posts in 2501 days

#5 posted 06-24-2017 01:28 PM

As usual, excellent. Do I detect the presence of a new hollow chisel mortiser in your shop?

View TysonK's profile


154 posts in 2927 days

#6 posted 06-24-2017 05:15 PM

This is another beautiful addition to your projects. The finish is lovely, props for being brave enough to fume it. I hope you’ll share more photos of it.

-- -- Tyson

View Ocelot's profile


3149 posts in 3763 days

#7 posted 06-24-2017 05:39 PM

I’d like to have plans for that!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

View jasonallen's profile


202 posts in 2745 days

#8 posted 01-05-2018 10:26 PM

How is the desktop jointed and planed? Straight glue joints? Biscuits? T&G? I’m about to build a desk for my wife and trying to decide if I want to do a solid wood desktop or if I want to use oak plywood.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics