Chestnut Writing Desk

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Project by dbmguy posted 03-21-2014 06:48 PM 1065 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Handcrafted (By me) from American Chestnut lumber salvaged from an old Somerset County, Pennsylvania, one-room school house that was built ca 1906.

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 08:03 PM


I love chestnut. I’m always so jealous when I see something built from it. Your piece is a great use of a scarce resource.

Well done.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 03-22-2014 12:52 AM

Beautiful piece of furniture, one fantastic desk. I really like the turned legs, great job.

-- "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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#3 posted 03-22-2014 01:47 AM

Thanks guys for the nice comments.

Oldtool, the legs are interesting. The desk is my own design but the legs are not. I spent a number of months just visiting antique stores looking at old furniture for just the “right” leg style for this project. Finally found these on some sort of table – cannot even remember what it looked like now. I really like them also and have never seen them on another piece of furniture anywhere.

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#4 posted 03-22-2014 03:11 AM

Great looking desk, does it have a hidden compartment

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 03-22-2014 11:01 AM

Very nice piece of furniture, you did an excellent job in making it…thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 03-22-2014 01:31 PM

NormG, No hidden compartments, but I did design it so that the shelve(s) part can be removed if desired. Added the shelves for the wife so she could fill it up with “her” stuff.

Thanks everyone.

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 02:17 PM

Fine looking desk! Beautiful design, gorgeous wood and finish, an heirloom piece for sure. Great job!

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