Victorian Office Furniture

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 09-13-2013 01:08 AM 1704 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built This desk & bookcase a few years ago, for a lady at the church I was attending. When considering me for the
project I was asked by the customer why she should pick me over another man. I told her she would have to decide
if she wanted a carpenter or a furniture maker to build these pcs. for her.
She seemed happy with her decision when I delivered the completed desk & bookcase to her
These pcs. were built of soft maple, with a beaded face frame. The face frame was assembled with haunch joints, the bead was not applied after the face frame was assembled. The glass in the doors is 1/4” plate glass set in the panel groove of the doors, with space balls used around the glass to keep it from rattling. The finish started with 2 coats of vinyl sanding sealer, followed by 2 coats of off white lacquer. I then dry brushed a glaze for highlights and finished with one more clear coat of lacquer.

Thank you for looking, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 02:32 AM


Really fine-looking furniture, but where’s the hardware? Did she install it later? Did you carve the onlay? She should have been totally delighted with the completed pieces. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 09-13-2013 11:55 AM

I normally do not include the decorative hardware because of the huge volume to choose from. I always offer to return to install hardware after they have chosen as long as it is within 30 miles. I have found most people prefer to pick out hardware after they have seen the finished piece. Unfortunately I have never learned to carve, so I purchase
overlays from a number of company’s that hand carve. She seemed very tickled with the new furniture for her office.

Thanks for your continued support, most everyone here has made it easy to show my work here. I hope eventually people will trust me enough to ask for help, in whatever project they are working on.
Thanks again, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 10:39 AM

Looks great.If you have quality furniture, you will not have to replace it every once and a while. Besides this, you can opt for specialised furniture to fill your space.Go for the furniture that enhances your ability to get your work done in an organized, comfortable manner.

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 04:32 PM

Fine looking desk and bookcase! Like the design and style, very well executed. Great work!


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#5 posted 10-13-2021 12:46 PM

Beautiful office furniture. Saw a similar one here.

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