Serpentine Bow Front Writing Desk
I built this desk a year ago right after my 16th Birthday. It is a Serpentine Bow Front writing desk make out of one slab of 14″ x 9′ x 10/4 Ribboned Sapele. Starting from the top is is a bookmatched piece. The ribboned figure is beautiful and it even has some other figure similar to curl popping up sporatically in it. The desk itself is contsructed with mortise and tenon joinery which is drawbored with oak pegs. The legs taper gracefully from 1 3/4″ square down to just 7/8″ at the very bottom. The front is a bent lamination out of solid Sapele. It was first bent into the Serpentine Form and then I used my bandsaw to cut out the drawer fronts and then reassembled the front apron. Since the drawer fronts were cut out of the front the grain flows through the front and the drawers match the curve perfectly. The drawers themselves were constructed with hand cut dovetails onto the curved surfaces. They were pretty challenging since the surface was curved but in the end I’m very happy with them. The drawer sides are northern white pine and create a beautiful contrast to the Sapele front. The brasses are solid brass from Horton Brasses and the desk is finished with a sprayed Sherwin Williams Lacquer. Sprayed out of my little Home Depot Gun ;)…. In the end I am really satisfied with this project and love how it came out. I plan on doing another one in the near future whether it is for a customer or just for myself!
beautiful Denis, love the hand cut dovetails and the use of the material as well as the design to create a beautiful flow , well designed and very well executed , and the finish is superb , love your work
Beautiful, great lines and the the dovetails look great.
Very Nice! I love the contrast in the light and dark woods. Beautiful finish! And the Dove Tails are Awesome! Absolutely Gorgeous!!
Very nice... do you have any shots of the whole piece from a little bit of a distance? thanks, Gina
Geez a year has gone by already! So glad you decided to enter the contest, beautiful work, you have my vote! How do you find the time between work and school?
From a fellow Home Depot spray gunner :)
I do have some full pictures. They aren't good though since The drop cloth I had wasn't big enough to cover a nice angled full size photo. I really do wish I had got pro photos though since the desk is beautiful in person!
opps that didn't work... If you would like to see some full pictures and other pictures you can go here.
Denis seeing this wonderful piece is a pleasure its great design and it's details and executions is of very high quality. At this point in your life you are at the beginning of your woodworking career but you already show that your work is at a very high level of workmanship. This piece is t my favorite in this competition and deserve to win this contest.
Your work shines ,your outstanding talent will be rewarded.
This table is wonderful.
What were you other guys doing at age 15 yo 16 ?
Think what he will produce in another few years.
I give it a 'ten' !
Well done young man, you should be very proud of yourself!!!
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