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This is a desk I made for my wife that was inspired by Sam Maloof and Canadian Woodworks coffee table. I just changed the dimensions and a few design elements. This is my second real project, getting a little more comfortable with shaping and such. Still have a long way to go. First time working with walnut which is very costly so sap wood was my friend. ;-).

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Very nice desk. If you don't mind me asking, what tool(s) did you use to shape the joints? Also, what was the final finish? I have had problems getting a smooth gloss finish with walnut's porous surface.

I hope that you don't mind a bit of constructive criticism, but the proportions of the feet to the sides and the stretchers seems a bit off. Some combination of more delicate sides and thicker feet would improve the final product.

Again, a very nice desk and one of which you can be proud.

Tim
 

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Beautiful walnut desk! I've always liked the writing desk style because it's simple and uncluttered. Yours certainly is that-and I'm sure your wife loves it!
 

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Tim,

I used a router and rasp. I used the masterpiece finish from Highland woodworking. Not sure if I will use it again, it is kind of difficult. But the trick I think is sanding to about 400 and then burnish the wood with a 3M white pad which is like 0000 steel wool without the mess. I may try a linseed, poly, tung oil mix next. I hear folks get real good results from it.

I like the constructive criticism, still very new to woodworking. Seemed a little off to me as well. I am reading an interesting book called By Hand and Eye by Walker which goes into the days before measuring tapes and how they used the compass to mark off proportions and use your eye more. Anyway, Thanks for the feedback!!
 

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Beautiful walnut desk! I ve always liked the writing desk style because it s simple and uncluttered. Yours certainly is that-and I m sure your wife loves it!

- Mean_Dean
Thanks Dean!
 
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