Walnut Pedestal Desk
I finished building this desk last weekend. This project dragged on for a very long time, in part because at times I found it quite difficult to remain motivated to work on it due to various family events and in part because of my day job. I’m not going to say too much about it and I’ll just let the pictures speak. A few details about the construction follow the pictures.
This piece is solid walnut and maple, with only the drawer bottoms made of plywood. The drawers are faced with walnut burl veneer that I applied by heating almost completely dry PVA glue with a clothes iron. Since this is the desk that I do my day job at, the drawers are on metal slides. The bottom drawers are sized for hanging files, one side legal format and the other side letter. I sized the drawers so a vacuum can get underneath easily, and so that I can put my sub-woofer under one of the pedestals.
As someone who types for a living, I find movable keyboard trays incredibly annoying and flimsy, so the keyboard mount is immobile and solid. The keyboard surface is sized to fit my unusually large keyboard and a mouse.
The desk surface is standard height, which makes my monitor a bit too low, so it’s raised up a few inches at the moment on a little tiny riser I built in 10 minutes, but I am planning to build a riser that will match the drawers and veneer it with some leftover walnut burl veneer. More on that in a future post.