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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 8:19 pm 
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Hey Folks,

I'm nearly finished with my latest commission (that makes two now), here's a few photos.
The client supplied the top, which is a 1 1/2" thick piece of stevedore decking, not a good choice for fine furniture, but such was the challenge.
The worm holes I've filled with crushed turquoise and epoxy.
The client also had very specific ergonomic requirements, so the steel hairpin legs that she supplied wouldn't work. I ended up making some white oak legs and ebonizing them.
The apron, keyboard tray and back trim are padouk. Finish is wipe on poly over shellac, waxed and buffed with 0000 bronze wool.

The whole thing hangs on a french cleat. In the mock installation, there is a spacer (because of the thick baseboard in my finishing room) that won't be necessary in the client's office.

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 10:43 pm 
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Looks good, subject to the constraint of the choice of the top. The legs are GREAT.
How about holes for the wiring? Will you be adding any? I'm very happy with these that I bought from Amazon.


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 10:50 am 
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That looks great. AND now I see what is missing at my desk. Compressed air, of course, then I can get a new air operated computer, I understand they are all the rage in some circles. :D unable to find the chain yanking smilie


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Really cool! I gotta say that was not what I was expecting when I opened this thread................good stuff!

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 3:33 pm 
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Looking good Tom.

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Tom,
Nice job on those legs. Do you have any closer pictures of them? I'd like to see how you did them.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 4:04 pm 
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Hey Guys,

I guess ya gotta figure that there's at least one leg man in any group. Here are a few shots of the legs during construction. They're just 3/4 white oak triangles that are pierced with the router, then glued together at right angles with hide glue. I dyed them with TransTint black in Zinser's Seal Coat 1# shellac.

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Super-cool, especially the legs!


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Those are some nice looking legs! I like the way you did that! They could work very well on a four legged table too.
I also dig the clever gussets on the rocking chair too. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:43 am 
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Hey Rog,

Oh, you spotted the "Groaner".
One of my favorite books from Pop's library is a book by the noted naval architect and historian, Howard Chapelle, titled simply, "Boatbuilding". In the Introduction, he says that all shops should have a, "moaning chair", where the builder can collapse and contemplate his next move. The cheap department store rocker in my shop was dubbed, "the Groaner", when it started making miserable noises. I ended up laminating some oak shoes to the rockers, and gusseting up the joints just to keep from falling on my duff. It's cheap and ugly, but it has massive intertia. It also serves the moaning chair purpose pretty well. :-D

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Looking good. Is the white inlay strip in the pullout apron for looks, or does it serve a purpose beyond that? Love the look of the paduk. I used that for an inlay in a piece I did for my folks. Beautiful red color.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:00 am 
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Hey Frank,

Oh it's an entirely intentional decorative element. :roll:
Actually, the white oak strip fills the slot cut for the buttons that secure the top, in the rest of the wrap around apron. I cut the slot before I sectioned the piece to construct the apron, and had to fill it. Filling it with a mismatched piece of padouk would look like an obvious fix to a mistake. Putting in a contrasting piece makes it an aesthetic element, dontcha know? :wink:

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Yeah, I've made some aesthetic design elements like that before. :roll: You just make it look good. :D

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Hey Folks,

Chalk up another happy customer. I installed the computer desk today. As per my penchant for what I call, "professional graffiti", I added a cocobolo cockroach to the piece. I call him, "Bogart". If you grew up in the 70's, you'll get it. I chose a bug because of the wormy (buggy) wood the desk was made of.
He's held in place with an old fashioned cut nail.

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It turns out that the customer's father was an entomologist who raised giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches in the lab. I had no idea when I made him. She (the customer) was almost as excited about the roach as the desk.

Funny how some things work out.

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Very cool bug Tom. :-D


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