The Floating Desk
An AWC Signature Design
The floating desk made from river recovered pine, cherry, and black walnut combines elements from three centuries of furniture design to create a unique, eclectic work space. The basic eight-leg frame often seen in eighteenth and nineteenth century pieces is coupled with bold exposed joinery of the twentieth century, and capped with a modern flare by "floating" the top. This raised work surface not only makes a statement and differentiates this desk from similar styles, but opens up many functional possibilities. A slide out work area can be incorporated into the space under the top so the user or their client sitting opposite might have a laptop or note taking area. One might store their leather writing pad there or just leave the space as an aesthetic, catching the eye of people walking into the office.
This piece can be made live-edge or square-edge, executive size or personal home office size, and could be made of almost any wood, although the sinker pine with its rich colors adds an exclamation point to a beautiful creation. All the drawer runners and kickers are made from cherry and there are some 162 pairs of hand-cut dovetails. Even the drawer pulls are hand made from black walnut.
River Recovered Pine Desk with Floating Top
River recovered pine, eight drawer desk with a "floating top".
Traditional joinery featuring some 167 pairs of hand cut dovetails, leather writing pad, antique brass pulls, and lathe-turned desk set.
Selma Cotton Mill Desk
The wood, long leaf pine, is from one of the overhead beams salvaged from the Selma Cotton Mill, built in 1898. The mill itself was historic, in that it was one of only two in the world of this particular design, patented by Charles Praray in 1894.
The drawer fronts are pine, but the interior drawer parts are all cherry. There are 165 hand cut dovetails in the piece, and the walnut pulls on the drawers are all hand carved. I like to say that a desk is the most personal of all furniture items, and this one became very personal to me. I hope it's new owner loves it as much as I loved building it.
Pine Standing Desk with removable monitor platform. Note the live edge and hand-rubbed finish.
The wood is recovered cypress, in fact, a cutoff from the cypress table also on a very artistic metal frame. The metal framing of the desk is made of pipe, such as water pipes, and has been painted black.
This is a great example of how Steve can take his vision for the wood and incorporate design vision of his client. Steve and Wesley build to suit.
Every piece has a story to tell. What story will your piece have?
My favorite pieces to make are desks. As I have said before, they are the most personal of all furniture items. This is a two drawer writing desk made of river recovered pine, many hundreds of years old. It features a tapered leg with walnut banding, dovetailed cherry drawer boxes, and English brass hardware. This is an elegant desk that the new owner mused, “ It looks like Benjamin Franklin could have sat at this desk.