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Project by che posted 12-03-2007 06:35 PM 2329 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a new desk to replace her second or third hand me down pile of pine she had all through college. She really liked the design of a desk from Crate and Barrel so I offered to make it. We decided on a budget equal to the cost of the C&B desk. I made a couple of minor changes to the desk. We both use laptops so the keyboard drawer was out and since the desk would be for both of us (although it is mostly for my wife who often works from home) we inserted 2 drawers, one for each of us, in its place.

The joinery is fairly traditional and a mixture of hand and machine cut. All dovetails were hand cut as was the half lap on the legs. The mortise and tennon connecting the leg brace is machine cut (table saw and router). The internal drawer supports are table sawed tongue and groove. The drawers have a false front which was hand cut from the same piece of wood as the desk front to maintain grain continuity and keep the gap small. The legs are screwed to the carcass and the screws covered with plugs.

I really like the combination of heart and sap wood. I think it adds a really interesting design element.

Thanks for looking and constructive criticism welcome.

-- Che.

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#1 posted 12-03-2007 07:05 PM

Very clean lines and I like the legs, interesting and unique, great job! What are the dimensions?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 12-03-2007 07:17 PM

Cool design! Well done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-03-2007 07:21 PM

Great looking desk! What kind of finish did you use?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 12-03-2007 10:53 PM

52”W x 26”D x 30”H

Watco Danish Oil with a couple of coats of wipe on poly on the top for some extra protection. I wet sanded the top with 2000 paper and buffed it with Renesance wax. Turned out quite shiny and shows every bump in the hand planed surface.

Thanks for the comments

-- Che.

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#5 posted 12-03-2007 10:56 PM

very unique!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 12:38 AM

Simple design, well executed. It looks like a traveling desk, like they would use on a safari, lightweight and easy to move. I like the sapwood too.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 01:49 AM


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 12-04-2007 02:01 AM

Very nice looking desk.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 10-04-2008 09:46 PM

Really nice, love the sapwood look also. very attractive desk.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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