Walnut Computer Desk

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Project by WoodshopJoe posted 11-01-2010 05:36 AM 3038 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been away from LJ for a while, busy with stuff you know. I did find some time to get into the shop and work on a project I have been meaning to do for a while. A simple, light-weight, movable computer desk for the kids computer and homework. I made it mostly out of left over pieces of wood from other projects, so the only thing I had to buy was the casters. I put it on casters so that if I wanted to use it as an additional workspace in the office I could roll it over to my desk area, which may prove difficult if a PC is on it but I liked the idea so i did it anyway. You wouldn’t think it but it has a number of types of wood in it. The base is walnut, and cherry, the top is birch, maple and an accent of Brazilian cherry and the keyboard tray is hickory, walnut with maple supports. All the underside reinforcing on the shelf and desk top is done with oak and hickory. I didn’t have much walnut to work with, so to get the curves I ripped the board down the desired thickness and the cut it into shorter pieces with miters and use maple splines to join them together and then cut the radius. I was a bit concerned about the joint that holds the back legs since the shape of the desk puts quite a bit of force on that joint; so I used epoxy on that joint….it’s not going to fail. I finished it with 3 coats of Formby’s tung oil finish. Anyway, I am sure the kids will get many years of use out it. I may build a rolling set of drawers to go with it in the near future…but my wife is on me for new kitchen. I told her that cabinets aren’t as much fun to make as things like this so maybe

Thanks in advance for taking a look and let me know what you think….

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 05:45 AM

Wow that’s and amazing design truly unique . Very well done.

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 05:45 AM


Beautiful workmanship and very unique design. Thanks for posting.


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#3 posted 11-01-2010 05:50 AM

WOW! I usually prefer simple, classic designs, but that is intriguing!

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#4 posted 11-01-2010 06:46 AM

Loving the curves!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 11-01-2010 07:30 AM

I love the design of the desk. It definitely caught my attention :)

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#6 posted 11-01-2010 09:33 AM

This is the best computer desk I have ever seen. Going into the favorites bucket for future consideration. Well done.

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#7 posted 11-01-2010 09:59 AM

Love the design, not bad if it came from scraps too.
So how do I order one!!! ??? :-)

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 11-01-2010 10:31 AM

That is one incredible desk.
It is the best computer desk that I’ve seen.


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#9 posted 11-01-2010 01:42 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 11-01-2010 01:45 PM

That’s very unusual design and very nicely done.

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#11 posted 11-01-2010 01:59 PM

Very impressive work and design Joe. I really like this!

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#12 posted 11-01-2010 02:15 PM

You know my son wants a desk made from walnut an I had no idea what design to do, but you have given me some food for thought thank you. this is a truly wonderful desk, I appreciate your sharing it with everyone.

-- Robert-maine

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#13 posted 11-01-2010 03:55 PM

Top notch. Great design. Wonderful execution.

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#14 posted 11-01-2010 08:56 PM

Me like plenty! Well done.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 11-01-2010 10:03 PM

Yup. Just stunning.

You could definitely sell those, if you were ever so inclined.

It’s like art.

Bravo !

-- -- Neil

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