Building details

The top and sides of this desk are made from pear wood.  The wood was slightly infected by fungi, causing nice coloration and figuring. One of the boards had a knot that had partially fallen out, causing a hole through the board: since I had only a few boards available, I decided to keep the knot (it also adds some character to the desktop and doesn't interfere with its function).  For the same reason I kept the "live edge" of one of the boards at the front side of the desktop, I just removed the bark. Therefore the right side of the desktop is 4 cm wider than the left side.  The desk is essentially a box, the sides are connected to the bottom and top via dovetails.  At the back, I left some space for storing cables.  Dimensions are: H 73 cm, W 90 cm, D 50 cm.

The underside of the desk and the drawers are made from cherry since I had insufficient pear wood for the entire desk.  To add character, I lined the front of the drawers with a 7 mm thick piece of spalted willow.  I love spalted wood because of the beautiful colors and figures, particularly in maple. Spalted maple is however near impossible to find where I live. Therefore I tried willow, obtained after cutting some willow trees in our garden and leaving the trunks outside for about one year. This wood is very soft and is quickly attacked by fungi and insects, causing spalting and resulting in very nice colors and  textures. The flip side is that because of it's softness, willow is very delicate. Wouldn't be suitable for e.g. a table top, but for drawer fronts I think it's suitable.

The bottom of the drawers is lined with nice handmade marbled paper, purchased during a holiday in France from a local artist. I protected the paper with a few coats of satin lacquer. The desk is finished with a few coats of Danish oil and a coat of wax.

The black drawer pulls are made from ebony and I turned  the table legs from weng√©.

For pictures of building process see here.


Bernard Delaey