The Bubinga Desk: Evolving a Furniture Design
Here are some of the final pictures of the project I took with my iPhone last night, so they aren’t the best. The desk measures 52″ wide x 30″ deep by 35″ tall (at the shelf). It’s made from three solid (and very, very dense) pieces of matching Bubinga that I purchased last year from Midwest Woodworking. Incidentally there is about 100 bd-ft remaining for sale. I included sapwood where I could to tie into the design including the cross rail, bent-lamination drawer front, drawer pull and drawer supports. Joinery is a mix of draw bore pegged mortise and tenons, and wedged through-tenons—all glued with Gorilla Glue (original polyurethane formula, ideal for tropical, dense woods.) The organic shape was made with a combination of router and hand tools like spokeshaves, rasps and files. It’s finished with Watco Danish Oil, wet-sanded up to 600 grit, and then a light coat of paste wax buffed with 0000 steel wool. It’s going in my 12 year old daughter’s room, where hopefully some productive studying will take place. Needless to say, I’m a bit jealous.