Walnut Three Drawer Desk

We finished this piece and delivered it about this time last year.  A very fun and simple piece to build, it takes it's roots from the mid-century modern work of George Nakashima.  You should check out the price that an old original Nakashima desk fetches these days.

The design started with a scale model to get the size and proportions just right.  The case work here is very simple.  Just some solid walnut boards, rabbeted together and glued and screwed.  I broke out the dovetail jig on this guy.  I generally like to cut the dovetails by hand, but since the budget was tight on this piece the router stepped up and cut all of the joinery in a couple of hours. 

I really do like the way the live edge top floats above the case work.

One of the challenges was the drawer pulls.  The customer wanted none.  But then how do you open the drawers!?!  We put our brains together and figured out a way.  Larissa made up a nice little ramped router jig to make a place for your finger to fit.  I sawed out some angled bits on the side, then routed a semi circle into the top of the drawer.  We had to add a bit of wood to the inside of the drawer face to achieve those results, but it looks and feels pretty cool in the end.

Jeff popped in and asked if he could help...OF COURSE!!!  He made the legs to support the other side of the top.  To make the turning blanks, he tilted the table saw to 45 and knocked out a few octagons.  This makes the turning process much nicer as you don't have to knock off all of those corners.  Nice, simple tapers are harder to execute than they look.

Eoin got a lot of great photos of this guy.  One of my favorite details in the end was the file hangers in the file drawer.  A simple bit of steel, spaced out with a metal pipe washer.  Slick!

Someday, I might make something similar for myself.  I really like the simplicity and functionality of this guy.