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my dad recently moved to a continuing care community, and i convinced him to leave behind his old office desk (very heavy, particleboard and veneer). told him i'd build a desk for him, "you can do that?"

finally finished this red oak desk - don't think i'll ever work with this material again…used the wrong plane and gouged the top. bought a new scraper, spent time sharpening it and testing it before touching the desk top. spent hours repairing the damage i caused smh

several attempts at a simple penetrating stain…scrape, sand, try again. tested my biscuit joiner to attach the top with z-clips; it was the first thing that went right lol

on the plus side, this was the first time i'd tried floating tenons - love the strength it gives joints. can't wait to try it again :)

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Your desk turned out very nice, I like the way you matched the grain across the drawer fronts.

Beats the heck out of particleboard & veneer.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI
 

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Although there may have been some struggles, the outcome looks great. The continuing grain across the drawers is a nice feature.
 

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Looks purity darn good to me! When everything turns out perfect we learn nothing:)
 

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Agree with all on a nice desk, use of grain pattern Hope your Dad enjoys his new residence.
 

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Nice build. The drawers with the continuous grain look good. The pulls fit the design of the desk. I'm with you on those loose tenons. I use them all the time. Thanks for posting…
 

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I've always liked Mission Style furniture, and this piece is sort of Mission Style Light. Very nice work.
 

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Nicely done, and you made it through the mishaps. The grain on the drawer fronts is excellent. We like seeing photos and reading about sizes.
 

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The desk looks gorgeous.
 

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thank you all for the kind comments! this was certainly a learning experience, and i guess i have to work with red oak again :/

my dad would like a matching 2-drawer filing cabinet…
 

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Sounds like you need to sharpen the tools and get busy building.
 

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All of your work paid off. Very nice desk.
 

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delivered to my dad today, set it up in his apartment…he was speechless when i told him it was his housewarming gift.

he very carefully put his father's lamp on top (prob from the 1920's), and my mother's picture…it was very touching

until i heard "such a shame to put such a beautiful desk next to THAT " (referring to the veneer covered particleboard filing cabinet that leans ever so slightly to the side)

this is me, rolling my eyes :/
 

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Happy to hear he liked it very much. Now it sounds like you need to get busy on that filing cabinet.
 

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Sure daddy is happy.
 
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