My wife asked for a traditional desk… one without the contemporary-looking arcs and curves, one without much drama. This is my version.
It is a small desk: 48″×24″, and 25" high – the writing surface was specified at 26". Made from Australian Blackwood, with Purple Heart inlay; and finished with 2 coats of Zinsser SealCoat and many sprayed coats of Deft Acrylic (‘Clear Wood Finish’) – I highly recommend both.
The legs have a double taper (the 4 sides converge at the center (top-to-bottom)); and the joinery is #8 Dominos.
The top is (3) 8.5" wide (nominal) boards that have been center-ripped, then grain-match glued.
While the Australian Blackwood is very nice, the grain is easily ‘pulled’ – I painter-tape areas along glue-lines, during glue-up, and the tape pulled some of the grain with it – requiring a lot of planing and sanding to correct.
This project is my first attempt at spray-finishing – I have the Fuji Mini-Mite 4P, and it is a most capable machine, in the hands of a rank amateur,
In all, a very good project. My next piece will be a contemporary rocker – I’m still working on the design.
As an aside, this will be my final post on this site. Anyone wishing to contact me: mjcdorsam at yahoo. I wish each of you safe success.
Woods: australian blackwood
Tools: everything i own