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This was my first big commission job. Made for some good friends of ours. The next great American novel will be written on this desk! ;-)

This is probably the most complex project I've made so far. Took me about 6mo to finish it.

Mortise and Tenons join the pine frame and panels. solid wood web frames joined with stub tenons.

The top is made from knotty alder and has breadboard ends drawbored on.

The drawers are 1/2" birch plywood finger jointed together.

The antique look of the paint is achieved by putting on one layer of paint, sanding through the corners and then rubbing down with dark briwax. I lay down a thick coat of wax and then wipe off most of it with mineral spirits.

....Just a lot of parts and steps which took a lot of time….

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the way it came out and our friends loved it to.

I need to do a couple of easy projects after this one. :)

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

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Well done Mauricio. Looks like it should last a long time.
 

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Really nice work sir.
 

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Wow! That is a real achievement and should last a few generations. Looks terrific.
 

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Nice Desk.
 

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Beautiful piece. I love how the distressed look of the base combines with the new look of the top. Like you had refurbished a very old desk! Great job, no wonder they liked it so much.
 

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Well done, Mauricio! Commission was definitely earned.
 

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Slate blue looks good against the alder
 

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Awesome desk. I like this blue colour!
 

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Really nice work. I like the mix of paint and natural wood finish.
 

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Atta boy. That thing is sweet.
 

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thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting! much appreciated.
 

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Mauricio, I love the desk!
the color is great with your top.
 

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TE PASASTE CARPINTERO!!!!! IMPECABLE ESCRITORIO!!!!!
 

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Nice Job Mauricio, I like it very much. I made an Arts and Crafts style desk years ago and it took me about 6 months to make it. I was a long grueling 6 months. So, I know what you went through with your project. But, in the end you came up with a beauty. I really like the design.
 

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Wonderful job Mauricio. It looks super stout and the aesthetic is great as well. I really like it.
 

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Wow Maur, that is impressive. Where did you come up with the plan?

I need to do a couple of easy projects after this one. :)

You could follow along with Andy on his Welsh spoon carving endeavor ;-)
 

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Thanks everyone.

Duck I didn't use any plans, I found some somewhat similar pieces in the sketch up warehouse and also pulled some common dimensions off of desks and file cabinets around the house.

The spoon would be cool but I'm already half way into a built in desk project for the house. . . It wil be big but easy since it's all plywood glue and Brad nails.
 
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