BUBINGA AND CHERRY DESK
A super finish makes this labor of love shine.
SHOP OWNER: KC Levar
LOCATION: Plano, TX
I've been working on this desk at nights and on weekends for the last eight months. The base is done in solid cherry raised panels and cherry posts. The drawers sides and bottoms are made from hard maple with cherry fronts dovetailed with a Leigh jig. The drawers run on oak sliding dovetails also done on the Leigh jig.
The part I like best is the top, which is a solid piece of bubinga I got from Yankee Hardwoods in Massachusetts.
The picture at right shows the entire slab at their office. They cut it in half for me and shipped it to Texas. The top ended up being 6 ft. X 3 ft. X 3 in. thick. It weighed 395 lbs. I had a member of the North Texas Woodworkers Association square it up for me at his shop; then I had a local hardwood supplier run it through their drum sander to take out some defects on the best side.
I dyed the base with a water based dye to match the bubinga and then wiped on a coat of dark gel stain over the dye. I then put two coats of Danish oil and four coats of a mix of varnish, Danish oil and naphtha.
I finished the top first with two coats of Danish oil, two coats of blond shellac, and then Behlen's Por-O-Pac to fill in the pores. I followed that with six more coats of shellac and four coats of Behlen's Rock Hard Table Top varnish. I then rubbed it out and used three grades of rubbing compound from Homestead Finishing to get the top to shine.. . . KC Levar
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