Ambrosia Maple Desk (Ambrosia Maple/Douglas Fir)

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Project by nashvillenative posted 11-03-2020 07:08 PM 1338 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a desk for a buddy out of framing lumber and made my girlfriend jealous so I made her one.

Got to use my new jet bandsaw to resaw my 12” wide ambrosia maple slab I bought for $60 at a flea market. The bookmatching was a little off given the fact that I haven’t perfected my resawing technique and had to plane more than I wanted.

The top has 3 coats of general finishes ARS semi gloss and 4 aluminum traps on the bottom to help with movement and prevent cupping.

The frame is left over framing fir, tapered on the legs, chamfered on each edge with a plywood panel. Stained with weathered gray gel stain and 3 coats of ARS.

Drawers are 1/2” ply with push to open drawer slides and some vinyl liners. The drawer fronts are also bookmatched but not very apparent.

Dimensions: 24”D x 48”W x 31”H
Materials: Ambrosia Maple, Douglas Fir, 1/2” Ply
Finish: General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss
Tools: Table Saw, Router Table, Band Saw
Time to Build: 9 hours

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"

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#1 posted 11-03-2020 11:51 PM

beautiful,never thought id love doug fir on fine furniture but that gorgeous maple works perfectly with the stained fir,a combo id never have considered.good job thinking out the box,gotta do more of that surprised no one is commenting on this ?

-- 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 11-04-2020 12:05 AM

Good looking desk. Many are in need in this world. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 11-04-2020 12:16 AM

Very sharp looking desk.
It really turned out well and I can see why your girlfriend wanted one.
Looks great.

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#4 posted 11-04-2020 03:56 AM

I like the appearance of this desk.
Nice lines, beautiful wood, and nice contrast with the aged base!

The base reminds me of my first desk as rookie just out of college, a well aged grey wooden desk (circa 1969).

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 11-04-2020 01:20 PM

I really love the top of that desk. You have an efficient building process for that to be completed in 9 hours – congrats!

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#6 posted 11-04-2020 02:22 PM

I really love the top of that desk. You have an efficient building process for that to be completed in 9 hours – congrats!

- Ottacat

Thanks Ottacat! I don’t include clamping/dry time in the 9 hours, if you include that time its much longer! If I include time I spent thinking about what I was going to do, those hours would be getting close to triple digits!

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"

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#7 posted 11-04-2020 04:34 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 11-06-2020 01:34 AM

Nice combination of wood and color.

-- Galootish log blog,

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