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post #1 of 7 Old 06-04-2016, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Wood recommendation for office desk

Hello friends,

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I hope you are doing well.

I am looking for suggestions for the wood type for a desk.

The desk will be about 6ft by 4ft, and be place in my study.

The study currently has a yellowish pine wood on the floor and has large windows on two sides. It is on the first floor, so I see some plants and the front yard when I look out of the window.

I am in the Houston, TX area.

I am looking for a medium/darker color wood, which will look beautiful when the table is finished.

Any suggestions please?

Thank you so much!
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What about the other furnishings in the room? Would it make a difference if you went with a different wood and color than the rest of it? You could make a desk out of anything but if the wood was too soft if you laid a paper on the desk and wrote something the indentation would be in the desk too. If you used a hard wood such as oak there would be a problem because it is an open grain wood and a pen or pencil would get hung in the texture of the wood. The wood would have to be grain filled in order to make a better writing surface. I know generally you shouldn't lay a piece of paper on a desk and write without something backing it but it happens.
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Many "wood types" for desks are available, and some of the lighter colored woods can be stained to whatever finish you choose. Applying a few finishing coats of clear coat can show off the natural wood grain/tone while protecting the surface from writing marks. Also consider adding a desk pad cover, one large enough to cover the writing space. Be safe.
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There are many very high-end, very fine desk made of either Mahogany or Walnut.
Good luck with your project.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I like Oak for what you want.

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I'm a big fan of quartersawn white oak, for stability, strength & appearance. You can dye & stain it to pretty much any color/shade you'd like.

If you want to be able to write on it, you'd have to fill the grain, but I wouldn't write on it without something underneath the paper anyway.

I have a vague plan to replace my 25+ year old crappy particle board computer desk, and the above is what I'm planning on. Except for the grain filling.
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Mason's Mill has a large stock of common woods but if you want more exotic check out Houston Hardwoods. Maybe by looking you will feel inspired.
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