A signature original design, this walnut writing desk features a graceful crescent front with matching curved-front drawers. The desk top features figured quarter-sawn walnut with contrasting white holly stringing that accents the shape of the desk, highlighting the curve.
The desk legs are also hand-shaped to match the curve of the desk front, resulting in a design that is well balanced and shows off the beautify depth and clarity of the black walnut. This desk features hand cut dovetailed drawers with extremely narrow pins, exemplifying finely crafted handmade furniture.
This piece, while designed as a writing desk, could accent a bedroom, office, or even a living room or be used as a sofa table in a more formal living room setting.
During a recent visit to my hardwood dealer, I saw a stack of shorter pieces of butternut being sold at a very attractive price. I had no project in mind for the pieces, but they were all four feet or shorter. After examining my bounty, I decided the stock was the perfect amount for a small chest of drawers. But I didn't just want to build a standard chest. I thought it would be interesting to do a graduated stepped-front so that going from bottom to top, each new tier of drawers would be set back by 5/8″.
After drawing up the initial design, I played around with how the dividers would work. I didn’t want the drawers to ride on the finished surface of the divider below, so I doubled up the dividers and used a unique locking sliding dovetail joint. In essence, the bottom pair of the divider slides into the case horizontally while the top pair slides down vertically to meet it. The two are then glued together, and thus the opposing sliding dovetails “lock” the joint together. Combined with the through dovetails in the sides, this makes for an extremely strong case. It also ensures that the drawers don’t ride on any exposed finished surface.
I really enjoyed working with the butternut, a locally-grown species. It shares a common grain pattern with black walnut, but is closer to oak in terms of its darkness. In fact, butternut is commonly called white walnut in many circles. This piece is currently for sale, priced at $1,850. This includes delivery within 60 miles of Boston, or this piece can be shipped for an additional $100.
Live Edge Hall Table
This hall table began as a full live-edge slab of locally sourced walnut. I created the entire shape of the curved front by scribing directly from the slab, so the design of this piece completely follows the slab. The base of the table is solid cherry, and includes hidden drawers on both sides of the table that appear to be fixed aprons, but actually slide open.
Hanging Wall Cabinet
This is a smaller cabinet suitable either for wall hanging or setting on a table. The casework is hand dovetailed genuine mahogany accented with a bow-front bottom with three small drawers accented with white holly stringing. The top of the cabinet features four shelves of graduated heights, hidden by two doors with a hidden magnetic catch. Perfect for anything from jewelry to collectibles, this piece fits in gracefully with more traditional or modern decor.