Executive Desk

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Project by gashley posted 08-19-2019 08:55 PM 637 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Woodwhisperers executive desk project. Completed recently for my youngest son for his apartment (kind of big for an apartment, but this is what he wanted).
It’s made from Claro walnut from my friend Robert at Absolutely gorgeous wood and wonderful to work with.
I veneered the sides and front panels myself with some nice book matches.
The top was the interesting part. It’s made of 2 bookmatched slabs that were about 22×80, probably 6/4 thick. I had never tried to flatten such large boards, so built my self a router sled. Was actually kind of fun. It was also the single, messiest thing I’ve ever done in my shop.

The final results were well worth effort. The bookmatch came out gorgeous. Tremendous grain, figure and color (thanks Robert for picking these out for me).

Final look at the top after glueup and preliminary shaping and before a LOT of sanding.

I finished the desk with Maloof Poly Oil (which I can’t get any more!). The top I wanted more protection on so I tried Osmo polyx oil. Happy with the results but want to play with this finish some more.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 08-19-2019 09:01 PM

Big Wood meets big desk, which meets small apartment = CRUNCH

Nice desk, some day he will grow into that executive desk, and then be in a BIG place. Looks good. Nice to learn as you go, those router sleds can do amazing work, and are really pretty simple when you get down to it, but now you know that.

Keep making. Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-19-2019 09:52 PM

For your son, you say? Will you adopt me? ;-)

Very nice!

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#3 posted 08-19-2019 11:13 PM

This is truly a remarkable piece. The top, and the windowed cabinet are amazing – well, heck…ALL OF IT.

Amazing work, and well done.


-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 12:51 AM

That’s fantastic. Your son is one lucky fellow.

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#5 posted 08-20-2019 01:09 AM

Nice work Gary
awesome grain and placement.

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#6 posted 08-20-2019 01:17 AM

Tremendous build of this walnut desk. I really don’t think you cloud have done better for the top finish, it looks gorgeous. Just a great job overall.

I wish your son great inspirations while he works on this desk which undoubtedly be with him his whole life. AJ

-- AJ

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#7 posted 08-20-2019 02:22 AM

Nice work on the desk, I could be wrong, but I believe Maloof Poly Oil is equal parts; Polyurethane, Boiled Linseed Oil, and Mineral Spirits. That’s what I’ve been using and it works well.

-- Ty

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#8 posted 08-20-2019 01:21 PM

Ooof. Absolutely beautiful work with amazing wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 08-20-2019 01:32 PM

Truly awesome wood and great craftsmanship!

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#10 posted 08-20-2019 01:41 PM

Nice work on the desk, I could be wrong, but I believe Maloof Poly Oil is equal parts; Polyurethane, Boiled Linseed Oil, and Mineral Spirits. That s what I ve been using and it works well.

- tynewman

His original formula called for 1/3 Alkyd varnish, 1/3 linseed, 1/3 tung oil, then thinned with enough spirits to make it easy to wipe on/off. I’ve always just been lazy and bought the Rockler formula (heck, even Darrell Peart has been using that). Rockler just announced they’re discontinuing it in an email they sent me. But when I check their website right now, they have it back in stock. I’m confused! But you’re right, it would be easy enough to make my own. Your formula sounds pretty simple also. Thanks

-- Gary in OP

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#11 posted 08-20-2019 08:45 PM

Wow that is beautiful.

-- Petey

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#12 posted 08-21-2019 01:53 AM


Thank you!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#13 posted 08-21-2019 05:29 AM

Fascinating wood , fascinating piece of furniture!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 08-21-2019 05:18 PM

wow lucky son to get a desk that stunning,would be fit for the ceo of a large corporation! you did an incredible job on that,the wood is unbelievable.i use the maloof formula myself for years,it’s my go to finish.the formula that ive had and the way i mix it is 1/3 boiled linseed,1/3 tung oil and 1/3 satin poly with no’s a lot cheaper than what rockler charges.

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

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#15 posted 08-22-2019 12:12 AM

That is stunning. Great work!

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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