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Project by bhuddah posted 03-31-2008 03:56 AM 1626 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the very first thing I had ever made, it is a desk made out of solid Cherry. It is finished with just a Natural Watco Oil and you can see how Red the wood has turned on its own. I got very lucky in that there was hardly any sap wood in the bunch of lumber I got, I even made the drawer guide out of cherry. Neither one of my sons ever wanted to use the desk for their school work so dad got it back and I use it everyday.

-- some days are like driving in oncoming traffic

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-31-2008 04:17 AM

This is a gorgeous desk. What is not to like about a piece made from cherry.

I was curious about the legs. It isn’t often that you see two different styles of legs on a piece of furniture. Is there a story behind this?

As a suggestion you might want to consider putting a topcoat on the oil finish. Oil does not protect the wood since it only penetrates into the wood to slow moisture penetration but is a relatively soft finish. A topcoat of poly or shellac will add a hard finish to the desk that will protect the wood. Just a thought.

Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 03-31-2008 07:00 AM

Very Nice desk, You do some quality work Did you mortise and tenon the base. I have a biscuit joiner for doing my case frames. Buy my oak pieces I like to mortise and tenon. Oh by the way Congrats on the Grand Daughter. I see that Grandpap loves the heck out of her. We have 18 grand children 5 boys and 13 girls, newest addition was in Nov.07, My son thats going to Afghan in the near future…. Semper Fi…. and your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#3 posted 03-31-2008 12:59 PM

Very nice desk. Hard to believe it is a first project. Great work.

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#4 posted 04-01-2008 01:03 AM

As for the legs I had always wanted to try and make a set of club foot turned legs and I just thought that with the back legs being tapered it would be an interesting contrast. As for the frame of the desk it is mortised and tenoned, I always use that joint, I don’t even own a biscuit jointer. I do have a Kreg pocket screw jig but have never tried it.
I think that I have rubbed so much oil into the cherry that anything wouldn’t dare try to mark it up, with all our boys out of thew house now I think it will be fairly for a while, at least until the grand daughter starts running the house.

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#5 posted 04-01-2008 01:51 AM

That is great. Especially for your first project.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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