Bella's Writing Desk

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Project by AgentTwitch posted 01-02-2013 12:32 AM 2675 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a recently completed writing desk that I made for a teenager named Bella. They wanted to finish the desk themselves as a project so my work was done after sanding to 220. She wanted a shaker style writing desk with 2 drawers that was 4 feet wide and about 2 feet deep. So, with the rest of the decisions left to me, I chose white ash for the carcase and top, poplar for the drawer slides and cherry pulls. I like the look of inset drawers, and 4 way tapered legs so that is the way I went.

I really liked making the drawers, probably because I got to play with my new Veritas 35th anniversary stainless steel marking gauge! These were the first half blind dovetails I have cut and it was a lot of fun. The drawer backs are full dovetailed and the drawer bottoms slide in through the back. I referenced the Finewoodworking Dovetail Video series quite a bit for suggestions on the dovetails. Ended up hogging out the waste between the pins with a forstner bit on the drill press, that worked well for me. The through dovetails and half blind tails were cut with a hand saw, coping saw and chisels.

Other details…Mortise and tenon for legs to stretchers, single board for the front apron and drawer fronts, pegged bread board ends using home made ash dowels and lots and lots of sanding.

Thanks for looking

God Bless!

-- Regards, Norm

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 01:32 AM

Looks great. Im always hesitant to let someone else finish my work. Good job on the build.

-- Jay -

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 01:42 AM

This turned out great Norm.


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#3 posted 01-02-2013 01:55 AM

Very nice desk, great attention to detail, like the consistent grain across the apron and drawer fronts.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 04:40 AM

Beautiful classic desk.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 01:21 PM

Thanks everyone. I really like the shaker style. I have a few more projects lined up that I am excited to get started now that this is done.

Jay – I hear you on your concerns about having the client finish the work. I was initially hesitant, but they are the customer.

Oldtool – Thank you for your comment. I started off by attempting to match the grain on just the front apron, but found that I could actually have the grain wrap all 4 sides from a single board (BIG board) of ash.

-- Regards, Norm

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 01:50 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 01-03-2013 04:43 PM

It’s very clean looking. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 02:54 PM

I love this. It’s so clean looking. Ha. That’s already been said. But it’s true.

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#9 posted 04-17-2013 03:03 PM

Great job – nice clean work. A real keeper – the recipient should enjoy this for many years.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#10 posted 04-17-2013 04:17 PM

Only downside to the customer do the finish is they may _( dare I say it?) PAINT IT_! (GASP) :-)

That would hide the beautiful workmanship and be a real travesty.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 12:31 PM

If the person is going to paint it – seriously – put a sealer coat on it. Something that the paint will stick to put seal the grain. Ash is very porous and will take 4 coats of paint to look good and taking the paint off will be impossible. If you seal it and they change their minds 5 years from now, they can sand the crap off and refinish.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#12 posted 01-13-2016 04:51 PM

I have promised to build a writing desk for a granddaughter so I searched on that phrase. Your project popped up. Man, it looks great. Good job…

-- --- Happy Howie

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