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Project by Jerry posted 04-07-2019 06:05 PM 757 views 3 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a bigger desk for my composing, so I decided on this design. It’s solid hickory except for the legs, which are laminated plywood with a hickory veneer,

and the top and keyboard plate which are hickory veneered plywood.

The construction features pinned through tenons.

The top is attached with full length hickory cleats.

The spindles for the side panels were constructed with a round mortise and tenon joint which I turned on the table saw using this simple jig.

Finish is my old standby, Sam Maloof oil / wax finish.

Thanks for looking!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-07-2019 06:08 PM

Nice.

I bet it would have been impossible to buy as good of one to fit your needs!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Jerry

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#2 posted 04-07-2019 06:23 PM



Nice.

I bet it would have been impossible to buy as good of one to fit your needs!

- ralbuck

Thanks, and you’re right, the full size keyboard drawer is not available anywhere I could find.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-07-2019 06:28 PM

That is good looking work station, Jerry!! It should last a lifetime too, they way you built it.
Your table saw jig reminds me of Izzy Swan!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jerry

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#4 posted 04-07-2019 06:31 PM



That is good looking work station, Jerry!! It should last a lifetime too, they way you built it.
Your table saw jig reminds me of Izzy Swan!!
Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim, yes, it’s pretty solid, and yes, I copied Izzy Swan’s jig for the tenons :-) You gotta get inspiration wherever you can find it!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#5 posted 04-07-2019 06:32 PM


That is good looking work station, Jerry!! It should last a lifetime too, they way you built it.
Your table saw jig reminds me of Izzy Swan!!
Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim, yes, it’s pretty solid, and yes, I copied Izzy Swan’s jig for the tenons :-) You gotta get inspiration wherever you can find it!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 04-07-2019 06:43 PM

great job,Jerry
Thanks for some ideas
Cheers,Bambi

-- bambi

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Jerry

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#7 posted 04-07-2019 06:48 PM



great job,Jerry
Thanks for some ideas
Cheers,Bambi

- ZAGREB

Thanks Bambi, Woo Hoo, ideas huh? Are you a fellow musician?

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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tinnman65

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#8 posted 04-07-2019 06:54 PM

Beautiful job Jerry, I would never have guessed those legs are veneered plywood. I must agree with ralbuck it would be nearly impossible to buy something like that. It’s one of those times when you can say ” Its nice to be a woodworker” :)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Jerry

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#9 posted 04-07-2019 07:00 PM



Beautiful job Jerry, I would never have guessed those legs are veneered plywood. I must agree with ralbuck it would be nearly impossible to buy something like that. It s one of those times when you can say ” Its nice to be a woodworker” :)

- tinnman65

Thanks very much Paul!

I did consider the idea of solid legs, but hickory can move quite a lot, and the legs have to remain absolutely stable for this to work. I suppose I could have laminated some hickory boards together, but then I’d have a bunch of seams, and I don’t think it would have looked as nice.

Yes, it’s great to be able to do something like this for ones self.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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BenDupre

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#10 posted 04-07-2019 07:06 PM

Looks very nice. I like the hickory. I am working on a mission desk as well. Red oak. I used a mortising machine to make the through mortises but if I ever do that again I will use a router.

Thanks for posting!

Ben

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Jerry

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#11 posted 04-07-2019 07:22 PM



Looks very nice. I like the hickory. I am working on a mission desk as well. Red oak. I used a mortising machine to make the through mortises but if I ever do that again I will use a router.

Thanks for posting!

Ben

- BenDupre

Really beautiful, Ben. As it turns out, the desk I replaced with this build was a corner desk! How ironic. I used a hollow chisel mortiser on this as well. Awhile back when I made the island, I cut the mortises by hand. Never again! That was a lot of work.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#12 posted 04-07-2019 07:48 PM

Very unusual style for that purpose, but excellent made. Very nice and profesionaly made

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 04-07-2019 08:00 PM

Nice desk – hickory is such a nice HARD specie, should stand up quite well

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Jerry

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#14 posted 04-07-2019 08:03 PM



Very unusual style for that purpose, but excellent made. Very nice and profesionaly made

- majuvla

Yeah, it’s not what you’d usually see in Mission furniture, but I’m trying to follow a theme for the whole house, I still have two end tables, two night stands, an office desk, a bed, a book case and a few other things I’m forgetting, to build. My original plan was to build a house full of Mission furniture, and this is the second piece in that plan. Thanks for looking in and for your kind words Ivan.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#15 posted 04-07-2019 08:04 PM



Nice desk – hickory is such a nice HARD specie, should stand up quite well

- recycle1943

Thanks Dick, hard, hard, hard, AND stinky. I love the way it looks, but I hate the way it smells when I’m cutting it!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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