Pretty little writing desk in oak

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Project by tallpaul posted 02-07-2011 05:20 PM 2415 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I should acknowledge the inspiration for this piece: a jatoba desk shown here by Adam Weiss, who was nice enough to give me a few dimensions, and some encouragement. His design is a bit simpler, and I incorporated breadboard ends, some ebony accents, and a cloudlift element from Greene and Greene. He cautioned me about going overboard with too many detail elements (rightly so), and I think I found the right balance- didn’t want to detract from the elegant lines, or lose that lightness. The drawer pulls are taken from Darryl Peart, done in ebony, and I’m pleased with the look.

I think I would use hidden drawer hardware in a subsequent version, but I’m really happy with the continuity of the quartersawn grain across the drawer fronts. When you catch it in the right light, at the right angle, it makes you smile. I like that, because it encourages you to glance at it when you walk by.

Joinery is pegged mortise and tenon. Finish is Danish oil in light walnut, then a wiping poly rubbed out with wax.

Thanks for looking!


-- tallpaul

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 06:14 PM

Very nice table! Loving the pulls and the breadboard ends.

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 06:38 PM

Wow I really like that finish. I have a ton of QS oak, so I’ll keep that in mind

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 06:39 PM

That’s a beautiful desk Paul I like the ebony accents you should be justly proud

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

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 08:55 PM

Beautiful desk! The handles are outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Atlanta

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 10:32 PM

Good design, it’s well balanced.

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 03:08 AM

You really did a great job on the desk.

-- Billp

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 03:59 AM

Very nice.. very nice…


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 12:11 PM

You’ve done he style proud. Very nice desk.
Thanks for sharing it with us.



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#9 posted 02-08-2011 08:10 PM

looks great paul. that’s some nice figure on those drawer fronts.

-- Adam,

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