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Bodfish

Andrew Bodfish's Home Office Desk

This month we proudly honor Andrew Bodfish, of Watervliet, Michigan for his master craftsmanship and wood finishing technique. Thank you Andrew, for sharing a great job of woodworking and an excellent piece of wood finishing.

Dear Minwax,

This project is a home office desk that I designed and built. I had searched for just the right desk design for a long time, one that I could use for my computer or just for writing. I didn't like a lot of the designs I came across because they didn't disguise the computer very well or were just too small. So armed with CAD software and a good wood working background I set out and designed a desk with all of the features and looks that I required.

The desk is made primarily with red oak solids. The top is accented with solid walnut to provide some contrast with the oak panels. Back and inside panels are plywood veneer. All visible side and front panels are raised oak solid. The left side houses two file drawers. The right side houses the computer console and printer. The keyboard and mouse pull out from behind a swing up panel in the middle. When the desk is closed up, only the monitor remains sitting on the top. All computer cables are routed through a double wall back panel and into the right side. This makes most of the cable inconspicuous.

After four months of construction came the final task, what type of finish? I have used Minwax products in the past with great results and decided to do the same with this project. I reviewed several color choices and decided to go with one coat of Minwax® Wood Finish™ Golden Oak. I followed with three coats of Minwax® Polycrylic® Clear Semi-Gloss. I prefer the Polycrylic because of its fast drying time and soap & water clean up. The results were very pleasing.