Mahogany Office Desk

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Project by Timzwoodz posted 08-03-2020 02:41 AM 502 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Being on COVID furlough gave me time to replace my old MDF laminate computer desk with a slight variation on the Home Office Desk featured in Woodsmith #144. I made the desk a full six foot length to allow for space in the knee-gap for a trash can and shredder.

The four cabinets are made of 3/4” mahogany plywood with tongue and groove joinery. I used 3/4” quarter-sawn mahogany to make the six trim frames used between the cabinets, the two base units, and the desk top trim. I chose not to build the optional pencil drawer…

The desk top is 3/4” mahogany ply with 1/2” MDF backing. I glued-up 1/2” thick ash for the drawers to be installed on 21” over-extension slides. Handles have a Celtic- braid design, used in lieu of recommended cup handles (the wife’s contribution to the project!). All stained with neutral Minwax stain and 3-4 coats of gloss polyurethane.

60 hours of work, two 4×8 panels of mahogany plywood, one 4×8 panel of 1/2” MDF, 26 bfdt of 3/4” QS mahogany, 21 bdft of ash for the drawers, 24 brass inserts for the hex bolts that connect cabinets and desktop together, and four pairs of drawer slides.

Lessons learned:

The cabinets would be just as strong using biscuit joinery rather than the precision (and time) needed to make precise tongue and groove joinery listed in the instructions; a slight deduction for the tongue width on the cabinet dimensions would have made construction far easier and time-saving. As such, I used biscuit joinery for the drawers…

Installed drawer slides for the first time; thankfully YouTube has plenty of recommendations on how to do this…made some initial errors, but all drawers are smoothly operating

Finally, I used a free cut-list software ( to efficiently cut the 4×8 sheets for minimum waste; I have enough leftover to make a top for an adjoining printer stand.

Stay safe..masks are not a bad idea either when working with mahogany and MDF…very dusty!

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-03-2020 11:23 AM

Beautiful desk…it seems to blend right into the floor, too.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 08-03-2020 11:41 PM

Great looking desk! I love the mahogany. Enjoy using it!

-- AJ

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#3 posted 08-03-2020 11:54 PM

Great looking desk. Job well done.
I have modified a few of the woodsmith projects to accommodate the use I was trying to option. They do have some nice projects, I may go back through the collection of issues and build a few.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 08-15-2020 07:44 PM

You created a very nice looking desk.

-- Woodworking is my therapy, I love creating a project that was once, just an idea in my head. Eric, Lone Jack, MO

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