Desk Top Pine and Mahogany on an old desk...

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Project by Napaman posted 09-21-2013 09:40 PM 3825 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk is a nice little desk my father in law built for my wife many years ago…when we move down to Southern California last year we had no room for it inside (along with several other tables) and we nearly got rid of it…my wife was not too attached to it even though she had it a long time.

For some reason I just could not seem to let us get rid of it…and so it sat outside all year under a tarp. Now I am glad we kept it…because when we decided to move back to Napa we realized we were going to need more furniture again…as we moved back to our empty house…

I did not build the desk…just cleaned it up rebuilt it a bit…and then completely rebuilt a new desktop. I am really proud of this because I really respect my father in law as a builder (and a man too, lol) I feel like it was important to do this student desk some justice.

I used pine to match the rest of the desk and added the mahagony trim and center piece. I am pretty affraid of the router and I am really happy with the rounded edges along the front and sides…it just turned out nice…

The repairs to the sides came first…I used thickened epoxy to fill a crack.

I also used my biscuit joiner for the first time and i loved it! However I did make one blunder—-on the side below you can see where I double punched the biscuit joiner—and one slot ended up too close too close to the top and it caved in…but I was able to save the thin sliver left over and then used clear epoxy to fill the hole and slid the sliver in on top…it actually looks really cool (better then the pict) because it looks like clear class there…

Here is the desk before I started:


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 09-21-2013 09:55 PM

The last picture above is the original table top that I had to take off and just get rid of…the rest of the desk had similar cracks…but was not warped…so I was able to just repair the rest of the desk cracks…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 09-21-2013 10:03 PM

It does my heart good to read your story and see the before and after photos. Great save Matt! I love the mahogany trim pieces, particularly the one down the center of the desk top. Ya done good buddy!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 09-21-2013 11:18 PM

Great job Matt !
That really livened that desk back up.
I love that accent piece down the middle too !
Nice job.

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#4 posted 09-21-2013 11:20 PM

A nice looking project and a good save. Well done Matt.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 09-21-2013 11:52 PM

Great save. I really like the way you redid the top of the desk. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 12:10 AM

Thanks guys…it was a tough year…and each project like this I do—is like reclaiming myself a bit too after that tough year…this was not the only table I have done…there was another that I slapped a piece of ply on top for my wife so she could use it in her new class…but that was a quick one…this one was more special…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 02:41 AM

Great repair.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 03:42 PM

great work, love the finished product…

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

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 05:41 PM

Beautiful desk top and a great save….you did an awesome job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 12:43 AM

Nice job, Matt!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 09-23-2013 05:49 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 09-23-2013 10:46 AM

love to see furniture getting saved nice job

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 12:49 PM

cool desk

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 12:48 AM

Re-habing family stuff is always a great labor of love & therefore can be really rewarding. Congrats! Also, I never would have thought to use mahogany with pine, but I like the contrast. It’s now ready for the next generation. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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