Curved Front Desk (My Take)

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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 10-16-2013 11:04 PM 3709 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple Dimensions61”W x 27”D x 30”H
Detailed Dimensions: 61” wide, 27” deep on the sides and 25 1/4” deep in the middle, 30” high (to the top surface), 25 1/2” clearance to bottom of drawer (center, wish I had more)

Hi everyone,

It has been awhile since the last post and it will be awhile until the next post. School is keeping me busier than I’d like (hence the building of a desk). I bought a stack of oak (White or burr? see image below) from a friend awhile back, nice stuff, about 50 BF for $80, no complaints there! A desk is what it turned out to be (some of it).

Legs and aprons/skirts are M&T, most everything else is L-bracket or screws. It is not my favorite to use this much “non-wood” joinery but time was limited (actually, 10 weeks overdue) so this is how it went down. Finish is Danish oil – natural, and many coats of a homemade wipe-on poly mixture, 7 or 8 on the top, I was too particular at first. Then I learned the skill of wet-sanding with an ROS, 1000 grit, and soapy water (be careful on small areas like drawers, it strips the edges like mad). My wife sad that it was fine at coat 4….but in 2000 watts of flood lightening it wasn’t good enough for me.

The drawer pulls are from Lee Valley.

I bought the FWW plan for the curved front desk but I did not follow it to a “T”, I just wanted it for the leg patterns and to get a feel for the dimensions of the arch, overall the desk is much wider and deeper than the plan. I don’t usually like plans, and I hardly followed this one, I basically bought it for the curves and a couple techniques but I figured that someone deserved some credit/profit for it since I was going to use it.

I didn’t have time to learn my dovetails so I just cut the drawers out of the front apron which is flat but with a curve on the bottom. I did somes dadoing for the drawers.

The legs were fun to make with the curves going outwards in two directions, you really have to see it in person to appreciate it. They aren’t perfect but not many people will notice.

I really like the character of the wood, the changes in color, the depth, the knots/burrs, and there is a metallic-like look in the top middle board with the correct lightening. Speaking of knots, there were two that needed filling with epoxy (JB Weld Wood Restore Premium Liquid Epoxy), I had wanted to put a coin of the year, 2013, in the epoxy but forgot until I poured it…So I frantically searched for some clean coins in the jar, I found a South Dakota quarter that I put in one knot (2006?) and I had another knot and I wanted one that was 2013, the closest I had was 2012…After the epoxy set up I realized that it was a Puerto Rico quarter, LOL, couldn’t be further from where it was built! I really really like this epoxy, it is crystal clear and extremely penetrating.

I forgot to do final dimensions and am away from the desk right now, if I remember I will add them; If I don’t remember, ask me.

Improved skills:
I familiarized myself much more with my jigsaw.
I used an edge guide on my router for the first time.
Improved my BS skills.
Drum sanding on the DP.

More Pics

There it is (in the lawn)!

In Use

2 months later and things are holding up great, finish is still great. I notice the space change between the drawers and the front apron, especially after the heat vent underneath has been blowing on it for awhile. Being the tall guy I am, next time I build a desk I think I’d completely omit the middle drawer and just have two side drawers, as I like to sit so my elbows are at 90 degrees when I type, when I do this the drawer is resting on top of my thighs.

Thanks for looking, questions/comments always welcome!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 11:13 PM

Looks awesome. Love the drawer slides.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 11:30 PM

I think the peice is great. I definately like the lines of the design as well as the workmanship. That is some odd looking oak though…......... ;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 11:44 PM

Great work Grant.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 12:33 AM

Great table/desk! And some beautiful wood. I too like the wooden drawer slides. I’ll have to look for that Epoxy as my System 3 (West) isn’t all that clear when poured thick.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 01:07 AM

Great table, very nice build, awesome design.

-- "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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#6 posted 10-17-2013 01:59 AM

Love it
Nice lines , beautiful grain and cool idea filling the knot – I’ve never seen that before

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 10-17-2013 02:26 AM

A fantastic design and great build.


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#8 posted 10-17-2013 05:21 AM

Great job. Love the design

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 10:49 AM

Great work love the lines and drawer shapes… Legs look great too, no not yours the ones on the table LOL

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

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#10 posted 10-17-2013 12:21 PM

Very nice table, looks beautiful, lovely design and wood. You did a great job…well done

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

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#11 posted 10-17-2013 02:38 PM

Ken – Lol! thanks

Thanks for all of the compliments guys!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#12 posted 10-17-2013 03:09 PM

That’s a real nice piece. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 10-17-2013 10:07 PM

I really like this. You did a great job. I made one like it, but without the addition of the curve along the bottom of the front. That is beautiful!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#14 posted 10-17-2013 11:49 PM

Nice clean lines. And great score on the lumber. Well done ! Your grand pa taught you well..

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#15 posted 10-18-2013 10:06 PM

really nice

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