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Forum topic by oxonian posted 06-04-2016 03:53 AM 1161 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2016 03:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood table

Hello friends,

I hope you are doing well.

I am looking for suggestions for the wood type for a desk.

The desk will be about 6ft by 4ft, and be place in my study.

The study currently has a yellowish pine wood on the floor and has large windows on two sides. It is on the first floor, so I see some plants and the front yard when I look out of the window.

I am in the Houston, TX area.

I am looking for a medium/darker color wood, which will look beautiful when the table is finished.

Any suggestions please?

Thank you so much!

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#1 posted 06-04-2016 04:01 AM

I am currently making a desk with a cherry base and bubinga top.

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#2 posted 06-04-2016 04:13 AM

Jatoba aka Brazillian Cherry


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#3 posted 06-04-2016 04:29 AM

I’m building a deck for a friend using Curley Maple.

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#4 posted 06-04-2016 04:33 AM

Try Then on the left side click on the wood library. There you can select a species and see its machined surface color(s).

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#5 posted 06-04-2016 03:20 PM

Mahogany and oak have been traditional woods for desks. Due to their cost, you can choose a less expensive wood that looks like those as the previous post #4 suggested.

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#6 posted 06-04-2016 06:18 PM

Walnut would work well also.

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#7 posted 06-04-2016 07:03 PM

My wife and I have a long desk that I covered with a dark green Naugahyde. We wanted to use leather but would have to steal a lot of money for that . We have been very happy with it and it does look classy. Use Maple for edge trim.


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#8 posted 06-04-2016 07:42 PM

This is a oak desk I made for my wife. You always can stain it darker.


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#9 posted 06-04-2016 09:27 PM

I’ve only built one big desk, and it was for a grandson. I did it in cherry and used a lot of cherry plywood from Houston Hardwoods (just off Hwy 290, just outside the loop). If you don’t need solid wood everywhere, my approach worked great. Naturally, I trimmed all the plywood with solid cherry, attaching it with small biscuits, for alignment purposes. That said, if I had been going for heirloom quality, or as close as I could get to that. I’d have used solid cherry.

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#10 posted 06-05-2016 10:50 AM

I like black walnut, not the cheapest.

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