The Understated Desk

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Project by SirFatty posted 10-25-2012 01:15 AM 3167 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife requested a new desk for her office. After looking around online for inspiration, she found the following desk:

Simple design, but not too modern looking. And most importantly, it was something I could build. She had a couple requirements, the top should be a glue-up of small strips (kind of like butcher-block) and nothing on top (I was advising that some pigeon holes would be useful).

The picture gives a few details, but I had to figure the scale out myself, and I think I was fairly true to the original.

The entire project is made of pine, and is mortise and tenon construction (no mechanical fasteners holding it together). This project was a first for me in many ways. I’ve not used mortise and tenons before, and I have not made such a large panel glued up from small strips.

It took me a couple months to complete, and my old Craftsman table saw died during the process, but it was quite an accomplishment for me.

Well, that’s probably the last project for the season, I might squeeze out a bird feeder before the equipment is stored for the winter.

Thanks for looking!

p.s. If you want to see this project in greater detail, please have a look at my blog here.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 01:21 AM

That is SO Beautiful!

Clean lines…

Super colors…

Great design!

COOL post!

Really Super NICE!

Thank you!

You did GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 01:29 AM

Nice work. So good you can’t which is the original.
Thanks for posting.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 02:30 AM

That’s a very nice looking desk—great job. How did you cut the tapered legs? TS taper jig?

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 02:52 AM

I really like this desk nice work.


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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 08:20 AM

Nice work!! I am sure she is very happy!!

Sorry to hear about your saw! I thought you got a new one?

Sucks you have to store your tools for the winter!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 10:34 AM

Great job very clean and looks like you nailed it. No pun intended…. I’m sure she loves it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 10-25-2012 12:42 PM

Joe: Thanks for your support and kinds words (as always)!

Ralph: Thank you!

nwbusa: yes, a cheap and flimsy one at that. I bought it years ago an this was the first time I used it. If I do more tapered projects, I will either make one or buy better quality.

a1Jim: Thanks!

Nate: She is very happy. I did get a new saw, specifically so I could finish this project, otherwise I might have waited until next year. I does suck, but until I have a heated garage I’m kind of stuck.

Ken90712: She does, and thanks for the pun!

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#8 posted 10-25-2012 12:43 PM

Very nice.
Have her watch out for the corners of the drawers….....they can be a real nylon ripper.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 10-25-2012 12:53 PM

That desk came out real nice! Sorry for your loss ;( (the saw) nice upgrade on the Porter Cable, you do good work guy.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#10 posted 10-25-2012 02:38 PM

That is awesome! Great job!

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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#11 posted 10-25-2012 03:44 PM

your desk is better thant the example you modeled after. Great work.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#12 posted 10-25-2012 04:17 PM

Looks great. Very nice job. Gives inspiration to a newbie like me to just go for it.

Thanks for posting!

-- If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...

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#13 posted 10-25-2012 09:41 PM

I dig your style. This is what I like in a furniture. Simple and classic.

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#14 posted 10-26-2012 07:21 AM

Very Nice work! Thanks For Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#15 posted 10-26-2012 12:58 PM

Great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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