Walnut Desk

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Project by Tom Canales posted 04-22-2011 04:12 PM 3718 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son-in-law’s father had a bunch of walnut his grandfather had milled up many years ago. It had been sitting in his garage for years so he asked if I could make a simple farm desk, so I came up with this.

-- I used to be indecisive, now I’m not so sure

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Jack Barnhill

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 04:29 PM

Nice simple lines and proportions. Nice color and details. I like this desk a lot.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 04:34 PM

Nice looking desk.

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 04:44 PM

That’s not a simple farm desk, it’s an amazing farm desk. First, the wood is really beautiful. Next, and more importantly, your attention to detail takes this from ordinary to well beyond. The “dental” molding that continues on the fronts of the writing board extensions is a great touch.
I can’t tell from the pics if it has a matte finish or if you haven’t applied the final finish. If it’s finished, what did you use? Great job! -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 04:45 PM

Beautiful desk.Love the color.The dentil moulding with arts and craft style looks great.I had never seen them used together

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 04:53 PM

Gorgeous desk!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 05:17 PM

Very nice design. Great job!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#7 posted 04-22-2011 05:47 PM

I like the dentil molding combined with the Arts and Crafts hardware, too – great combo. The slide out writing panels are genius! Very beautiful.

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 06:19 PM

Yeah. I love it, too.

Timeless lines, coupled with an apparently excellent build.

Bravo !

-- -- Neil

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Tom Canales

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#9 posted 04-22-2011 06:35 PM

Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement! ShopsmithTom asked about the finish. Most of wood was vintage walnut I got from the customer, however there wasn’t enough of it for the whole desk so the legs were made from locally purchased walnut. The two woods were a noticeably different shades so I applied a light walnut stain to even them out then applied 4 thin coats of satin polyurethane through an HVLP sprayer.

-- I used to be indecisive, now I’m not so sure

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 06:37 PM

The walnut is beautiful, and nice attention to detail. Classic!

-- Ben in Va

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#11 posted 04-23-2011 05:43 AM


Really nice desk! Welcome to LJs.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 04-23-2011 05:45 AM

Hey Tom Welcome to Ljs
Really cool looking desk fine workmanship.


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#13 posted 04-23-2011 06:53 AM

Great Lookin Desk

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 04-23-2011 04:11 PM

The bevel edge on the drawer fronts was a nice touch.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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