Purpleheart Writing Desk
My girlfriend is graduating from her masters program in accounting this weekend and moving on to her CPA exam. She asked if I could build her a table to study at since she has been doing most of her school work on the couch. As she was describing what she wanted, I immediately thought of these two beautiful bookmatched pieces of bee's wing purpleheart that were about the right size and just dying to be cut up.
The frame is made from some 8/4 maple that I bought in New York and the stripe of curly maple in the center is from a small sawmill in southern Vermont I visited this summer. The legs all came the same 3x3x48" piece of purpleheart which had very different properties from the material I used for the top and skirt and thus almost definitely a different species.
I used a card scraper to smooth the top of the desk and then applied a wet sanded Danish Oil finish that really brought out the depth of the figure in the wood.