I wanted to stay true to a Nakashima form for this desk. Simple and hefty, it allows the wood to create an understated beauty. I am very pleased with the Cocobolo butterfly keys. They provide great contrast with the Walnut.
This Swamp Mahogany (eucalyptus robusto) was a great find. The four consecutive boards allowed for an intriguing table top and matching benches. There is so much figure in the wood it is so much fun to sit at the table and get lost in all the different patterns and colors.
This is a double stretcher trestle base. I chose to use Birch with Pink Ivory wedges to contrast and match the flamed Swamp Mahogany top.
I found a great slab of walnut in the lumber yard about 28-30''x 5'. The live edge on one side of the slab imitates a concave curve, perfect for a desk. I made a simple trestle base with a cocobolo (mexican rosewood) wedged tenon. The butterfly keys in the top are also cocobolo.
This was a fun project for a friend. They showed me a design that they liked and I recreated it with better joinery. The piece also features a distressed look, so I got to whip the table top with chains! It took several coats of stain and oil to get to a nice patina.
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to my new site. In my blog section I will be posting new projects from the wood shop and anything else that inspires me to create. The photo here shows my first project of 2013. A custom designed Douglas Fir coffee table. The top is hand planed with my Stanley #7 jointer. The legs and struts are tight fitting lap joints.