Skills: Furniture Design, Woodshop
Tools: Wood Lathe, Planar/Joiner, Hand Plane
The Council for the Arts at MIT Grants Committee reviewed my application and awarded me a grant towards the materials for this project. I designed a simple desk to draw the focus to the raw beauty of the walnut. I turned each desk leg on the wood lathe, hand planed the desk top, and created a mortis and tenon joint between each leg and apron piece.
After spending hours sanding the desk top by hand and with an orbital sander, I finished the wood with danish oil. The top is fixed to the apron with three figure-eight fasteners to allow for expansion and contraction of the wood through the New England seasons.