Craftsman Style Desk

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Project by Rb12 posted 05-14-2012 12:18 AM 5121 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished a craftsman-style desk. I saw the original design watching the Woodsmithshop and liked some of the styling, so I built it for my daughter with some modifications that really make it a one of a kind.

The desk is red oak and is primarly mortise and tenon joinery, with faux through-mortises on the stretchers. I decided on more kid-style hardware on the drawers (a lizard in the middle and frogs on the sides) as opposed to traditional pulls. I also did some inlays on the top. The flower is purple heart and I forget what in the middle. The banding was some scraps of Bolivian rosewood I had in the shop. The wood choice and choice of flower match the letters I made spelling out her name before she was born :)

Anyway, sanded down to 220, did 3 coats of Watco natural Danish Oil, let cure for about 6 days, then 2 coats of spray shellac with 0000 steel wool in between. Finally, 2 coats of Spar Urethane on the top (I assume this being a kids desk will be beat to hell over the years).

Anyway, I was very happy with the way this came out. My table saw dies in the midst of this project and I did a lot of the tennoning with my router table, which caused me to need to fill more gaps than I would have hoped to. That said, I used Dap Wood Plastic; after proper sanding and the Danish Oil, it is really indistinguishable from the oak.

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 12:22 AM

Very nice, she will have it her whole life! Adding it to my favs.

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 02:37 AM

Nice looking desk. I like the inlay work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 12:58 PM

Great job!!

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 01:59 PM

Thats a very nice looking desk.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 10:49 PM

Really sharp looking, nice work

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 12:29 AM

Really nice work!

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 04:41 PM

That is a beautiful piece of work. You should be very proud of it and I’m sure your daughter must love it.

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 05:09 PM

Beautiful Desk. Outstanding Craftsmanship!


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#9 posted 11-19-2012 05:51 PM

beautiful work !

-- atta boy Clarence!

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