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Oak and Walnut Secretary Desk with Resin River

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Project by MulliganWoodworking posted 01-22-2019 11:01 PM 992 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my best and cleanest project to date (and my first posted here at Lumber Jocks!). It’s a secretary desk made mostly of oak, with a fold-out front made of walnut (personally harvested by me and my dad) with a resin river. Since I only have a couple hours most days to work, it took me about two and a half months, but I’m very proud of it.

It was my first time working with hinges and clasps, and those were a lot easier to install than I thought they would be. In addition to the fold-out front, the top folds back as well, to open up the space and make it easy to operate a laptop.

It was also my first time working with through-mortises, which I made with my router and chisels. I doubt I could do them cleanly enough yet to look good without filler and stain, but I’m really happy with how they turned out here.

Finishing remains my bane. It takes FOREVER and never turns out as good as I think it should: There are always tiny little bumps that can be seen at the right angle (although they can’t be felt, so that’s good). I’m going to have to try something new next time, because I can’t keep on taking weeks just to apply and polish the poly.

Like I said, I’m super happy with how it turned out. it’s not perfect, but my wife assures me that nobody but me will even notice the imperfections. What do you guys think?

-- Mackenzie Mulligan, trying to get better every day at https://mulliganwoodworking.wordpress.com/





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pottz

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#1 posted 01-22-2019 11:17 PM

i think your wifes right we always judge our selves harder than others.looks good i think you did a great job.as far as finishes im kinda like you,its the part i hate the most,except maybe sanding of course.i use oil finishes on just about everything i make,wipe it on and wipe it off,i usually put on 3-4 coats.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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MulliganWoodworking

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#2 posted 01-23-2019 12:02 AM

Oh, and there are lots more pictures and a build walkthrough here: https://imgur.com/a/NNCc8kF

-- Mackenzie Mulligan, trying to get better every day at https://mulliganwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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swirt

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#3 posted 01-23-2019 02:40 AM

I really enjoyed going through your build. I like what you did with this desk. It has a great look to it.

Are there supports to assist with the weight of the fold down desk, or is it all up to the hinges to support it?

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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AJ1104

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#4 posted 01-23-2019 03:09 AM

Nice piece. Your finish came out great !

-- AJ

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Peteybadboy

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#5 posted 01-23-2019 11:19 AM

Great job all around. I know how you feel about the finish. Regarding bumps, if you stained, use steel wood after it drys. Stain raised the grain. I learned that the hard way!

-- Petey

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MulliganWoodworking

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#6 posted 01-23-2019 02:16 PM



I really enjoyed going through your build. I like what you did with this desk. It has a great look to it.

Are there supports to assist with the weight of the fold down desk, or is it all up to the hinges to support it?

- swirt

Thanks! The fold-down bit is only 9.25 inches wide, so the hinges are more than sufficient to support it. If it was bigger, I probably would have needed something extra.

-- Mackenzie Mulligan, trying to get better every day at https://mulliganwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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Woodbridge

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#7 posted 01-24-2019 03:59 PM

beautiful desk. I like the resin front.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 01-26-2019 04:07 PM

very charming piece! welcome to LJ’s !

-- Greg Simon

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