KC Levar's Desk

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.
One hunka bubinga!


    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.
Desk top

     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



Drawer detail Drawers

    
 

CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE    INDEX!

 

SEND US YOUR "SHOP SHOTS"
This is the place to share views of your shop, woodworking tips and methods,
mug shots, special tools or machines, finished work--you name it!
    We prefer digital images via e-mail, but prints or transparencies will do. Include your name, address, phone number and a paragraph or two explaining the photo(s). Not every entry will be used, we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity, and we will not return photos.

WoodCentral
P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081