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    Cherry Office Desk

    Completed and installed my new office desk. It's a solid cherry frame with cherry plywood panels. There's a "shelf" effect on the left pedestal for my computer, with power and network coming from an in-floor outlet underneath the pedestal. The right pedestal has a bank of drawers; this was my first time using undermount slides (Blum brand), and I think the first time I did inset drawers. There's a channel below the opening in the top that holds wires.

    Base construction is loose tenon, with all mortises made using combination of doweling jig and a router. I also used dowels for alignment when gluing up the top; this is probably the flattest desk / table top I have ever made. Overall dimensions are ~67" long, 34.5" deep, and ~30" tall. This thing totally dwarfs the old crappy Ikea desk I used for probably two decades, and also dwarfs the room a little bit.

    Finish is GF Seal-A-Cell followed by Satin Arm-R-Seal, all hand-applied with blue rags. I hand-sanded with 1200 grit in between coats of the Arm-R-Seal, and this thing is just so smooth.

    Heavily inspired by the Executive Desk project from The Wood Whisperer.

    Sorry for the wrong rotation on 3 of those pics; I've messed with them multiple times locally but they're still coming up rotated here.

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    Very nice.
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    Beautiful desk. I like the cherry.

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    Awesome work, Steve!! Looks great in the room, too.
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    Nicely done; hard to go wrong picking Cherry.
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    Very nice work Steve. I love the look feel of cherry, and you did the wood proud. Nice build. Nice Lego build too.
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    Nice desk ! I'm also quite jealous of your 2 gigantic legos in the back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Carey View Post
    Nice Lego build too.
    Quote Originally Posted by charles mathieu View Post
    I'm also quite jealous of your 2 gigantic legos in the back
    Those are the Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon models; the one from 2007 is on the floor, while the one from 2017 is on the table. There's also a UCS Y-Wing visible under the table, and an Eiffel Tower out of frame to the right. The wall opposite the windows contains a built-in that I finished about 5 years ago, and that is loaded with LEGO models, mostly Star Wars related.
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    Outstanding!

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    Excellent work, Cherry is an exceptional wood to work with and it only gets better with time. I would suggest moving the things on the desk top around from time to time so that you don't create shadow spots.
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    That's a very nice design and just excellent workmanship. Your patience to make mortises by first drilling dowel holes and then cleaning out the waste with a router far exceeds mine, however. Next time I suggest you use just a plunge router and edge or centering guides with a spiral upcut router bit.

    John

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    Great looking wood and a great looking desk.
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    Very nice. A lot of cherry desks you see, done commonly in the shaker style, have thinner tops. An office desk tends to have a fairly substantial base by necessity, and a thinner top just always looks unbalanced to my eye. I think you got it right. You also have a nice color match between the plywood and the solid stock; which is not always easy. Did you do anything special to achieve that?

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    Very well done Steve! I really like the clean lines.
    Ken

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    Beautiful desk Steve! How long did it take to build?
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