Writing Desk

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Project by CL810 posted 03-21-2019 03:56 PM 479 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Michael Robbins’ Contemporary Desk in Fine Woodworking issue # 270 inspired me to make my own writing desk. I found the article to have more than enough detail to make the writing desk.

For those not familiar with the desk, Mr. Robbins used leather for the writing surface. I had a piece of veneer that had been in my shop for years waiting for a project. I decided the wait was over and used it for the writing surface and drawer front instead of leather. I applied satin lacquer over the veneer. My feelings are mixed on the outcome. I may refinish with matte, but that call is the for my son (the recipient of the desk) to make.

I feel bad about the few pictures. As I was crating it to ship to my son I realized I had only two pics which I had taken after applying the finish to the top. I thought no problem, when we visit next I’ll take some. Evidently grandchildren are more important to me than pictures of projects as I took none. But my son came to the rescue with one he had taken when he received it.

Thanks for looking, questions are welcomed.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#1 posted 03-21-2019 04:18 PM

I love the desk, and personally love a little shine on my projects. Great job

-- Ty

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#2 posted 03-21-2019 04:26 PM

that desk is simply stunning,that veneer is just far as the finish i wouldn’t touch it,it really makes the grain did a great job,sons gotta love it.

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

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#3 posted 03-21-2019 05:08 PM

Magnificant wood and finish…real furniture classic!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-21-2019 05:35 PM

Leather couldn’t match that. That is awesome.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#5 posted 03-21-2019 08:03 PM

The profile on the legs are also fantastic.

-- derek / oregon

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#6 posted 03-21-2019 08:22 PM

Fancy! that turned out great, exceptional job on this one.

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#7 posted 03-22-2019 12:55 AM

Exquisite. Seriously! Beautiful use of grain matching and symmetry. Simple and elegant overall design. You just got favorited CL810!
Given this is for your son, feel free to adopt me!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#8 posted 03-22-2019 02:28 AM

Thanks gents!!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#9 posted 03-22-2019 03:08 AM

Great project Andy. It’s beautiful!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#10 posted 03-22-2019 10:34 PM

Appears to have turned out real nice! Practice makes for perfection.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 03-23-2019 07:29 PM

Lovely work and amazing wood.
Something to be really proud of.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 03-29-2019 09:32 PM

Beauty! Well you always do nice work. the bookmatch and finish look awesome.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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