Heidi's Desk

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Project by tdv posted 01-14-2011 02:44 AM 1979 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the desk I built as a belated Christmas present for my daughter-in-law they have been in the States with her parents for the holidays. It is made of English oak I salvaged from an old church that was being demolished,all of the pews & really big pieces had been taken but I got quite a bit of decent wood, it was really dark having been around for a couple of hundred years but as you can see it planed up well, anyway here it is living a new life. The construction is with my new favourite “The loose tenon”, by the way the jig works great Sawdust thanks. the drawer front was cut out of the front panel to keep the grain match however because of the curve I had to cut it in one piece so I put an ebony cockbead around the drawer to compensate for the saw kerf the handle reflects this with an ebony stripe The top has a mahogany detail stripe for interest (didn’t have any ebony that long) finish is sanding sealer & 3 coats of poly. The cost of the desk was in the poly & the electricity to run the machines, even the jig for the tenons was made from leftovers. Don’t you just love recycling. All comments & questions welcome
Best as always

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 02:57 AM

That is a real beauty!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 03:09 AM

What a nice job. I too love to salvage wood and give it new life. This desk will also stand the test of time I am sure and what a great gift to family.

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 04:01 AM

Congrats. Lovely wood, lovely work, lovely piece of furniture.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 05:03 AM

Great job, Trevor. I’ll bet Heidi will enjoy it for many years to come.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 05:37 AM

What an absolutely beautiful piece, and a great history to go with it!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 06:43 AM

Very nice work with a history too. I call it heritage wood. It has a story to tell. Heidi will cherish it, I’m sure.

Love the tenons on the apron and stringers and the trim around the drawer sets it apart.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 07:37 AM

I love the durves on this desk.
Nice touch with the ebony.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 08:56 AM

beautiful. and yes, recycling is a good thing. nice project

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 01:34 PM

That old oak is incredible, look at that color! Great job Trevor.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 03:03 PM

Beautiful woodgrain and a very, very nice job on the desk. Recycling is very satisfying and it gives you a good story to pass along with the desk.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 01-14-2011 03:06 PM

Nice, and great job.
And wow, that wood is fantastic. Nice save.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 01-15-2011 12:13 AM

You did a exelent job there.
Fantastic that this old church wood came back to life like this, this really warms my heart.
Thank you for sharing this story,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 01-15-2011 02:47 PM

Great table Trevor & what a save on the wood. Well done.

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#14 posted 01-26-2011 12:54 AM

Really good looking table. Not sure why but mellow is the word that comes to mind, as in pleasantly agreeable. Must be the colors and the slight curves combined with the banding accents. I think the top might actually look better with the lighter inlay than an ebony one would’ve. Gives it a less strict feel than two dark stripes on top.
I also like how you cut the drawer front right from the board. Attention to detail like this always adds to the professional look and tends to impress. Hopefully your daughter-in-law liked it at least as much as I do.


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#15 posted 01-26-2011 10:50 AM

Thankyou Peter yes she loved it (Thankfully)

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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