Live edge computer desk

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Project by SubtleEpsilon posted 11-11-2019 07:21 PM 859 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a computer desk for my wife (after I told her that her cheap IKEA idea sucked and I could do better and after a year or two she’s decided her idea sucked after all). Found a nice slab of claro walnut at my local miller and filled the cracks with epoxy and a bit of walnut colored Transtint. Lets are made of sapele that Macbeath had on sale for 25% off. The leg material is butterflied and the miter joints are held together with double through tenons. I did the double through tenons mostly because I didn’t have a domino cutter and I needed practice on through tenons and had never done a double tenon. Still need practice on the through tenons as they seem tricky to me to get a perfect fitting tenon and mortise so that I don’t end up having to do a bit of fill correction. At least they aren’t visilble most of the time since they are on the back. :-) Slab is about 1.5” thick and the legs are 3” thick. Top dimensions are about 28” wide by 74” long. Yes. It’s heavy. ;-)

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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#1 posted 11-11-2019 07:54 PM

nice simple design really allows that incredible slab of walnut did a nice job on it.what was your finish? great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-11-2019 08:04 PM

I really like this, simple and elegant

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#3 posted 11-11-2019 09:37 PM

nice simple design really allows that incredible slab of walnut did a nice job on it.what was your finish? great job.

- pottz

1 coat of GF Seal-A-Cell, 3 coats of GF Arm-R-Seal (gloss), 1 final coat of GF Arm-R-Seal (semi-gloss).

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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#4 posted 11-11-2019 10:18 PM

good lookin slab of walnut – the desk is pretty nice too !

-- 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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#5 posted 11-12-2019 02:00 AM

Very nice…the finish looks great!

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#6 posted 11-12-2019 04:41 AM

Oof ! A simple design yet soooo beautiful. Outstanding.

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#7 posted 11-12-2019 11:17 AM

Leg design is perfict! Double through tenons on a 45? Wow.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 12-24-2019 03:24 PM

Looking at your recent mirror post and backtracked to this. Wow, what a nice desk. Something about the simplicity and yet stylish design. That picture of the legs and base is so elegant! What a great build. I’m serious, I’ve made a lot of stuff and I wish I’d thought of something like this.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 04-29-2020 05:00 PM

I like the clean design. How did you attach the legs to the top?

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