Walnut River Desk for My Son

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Project by firefighterontheside posted 08-14-2020 12:18 AM 1136 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, my son is 13 and will be doing online school this semester at least, so he needed a proper desk. I just so happened to have finished my drying shed to kiln dry lumber from my mill. We picked a nice walnut slab and cut it in half and then chose a layout for the river. He liked this way so he could have the little pond at the end too. Doing the epoxy was a challenge and made a mess, but turned out really well. I had to put together a router planer to surface the top. The legs are more live edge slabs that were from a short log that I had. The legs are just put together with screws and glue. The back panel is a live edge slab about 12” wide. Finish is satin oil based poly. I considered things like Odies oil and other oils, but ultimately decided it need a much more impervious finish to protect from the terrible things he will do to the desk over the years. He helped with it a lot and we enjoyed the build. It is 58” long and 24” deep. Thanks for looking.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#1 posted 08-14-2020 12:22 AM

Awesome dad. Very well done. It’s wonderful that you included him in the project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-14-2020 12:46 AM

AMAZING! What a great gift for a young man. Beautiful!

-- 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.

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#3 posted 08-14-2020 01:46 AM

Great job Bill! That is pretty sharp. Cool that he wanted to help and learn on his own desk.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#4 posted 08-14-2020 01:51 AM

Bill – Awesome job on the desk. It looks great and I love how it flows. And your son appears to be quite proud of it as well. It’s great he could work on it with you. He will have many cherished memories each time he sits down at it.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 08-14-2020 02:21 AM

Nice work on a beautiful desk.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 08-14-2020 03:33 AM

He’s sure to treasure this. Really nice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 08-14-2020 04:19 AM

Sure he will find some inspiration looking down on this work of art! Well done!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 08-14-2020 06:27 AM

Excellent looking table, awesome colour. The whole package looks astonish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 08-14-2020 11:21 AM

Super job. looks really Great.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 08-14-2020 12:15 PM

Thanks everyone for comments.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 08-14-2020 01:21 PM

It turned out really nice Bill. You did a great job as usual. Your son is sure to enjoy it for many years to come.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#12 posted 08-14-2020 01:56 PM

beauatiful desk he looks like he approves.and with the home schooling it’s gonna get plenty of use.nice work.

-- 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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#13 posted 08-14-2020 02:16 PM

Another great looking piece. Glad you are still making sawdust.
Thanks for sharing your skills.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 08-14-2020 02:41 PM

Bill, Totally awesome as I knew it would be!

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#15 posted 08-14-2020 06:29 PM

I might have to come see that in person…

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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