On my last visit to the sawmill I found two quarter-sawn white oak boards that looked like this – unique because of their width, and gorgeous medullary rays (also called “fleck”, or “figure”):
I don’t recall ever machining a board this size – my jointer will accept maximum width of only 8 inches, however, so I had to rip into two narrow boards after jointing one edge:
After jointing and planing the boards, the top-to-be is now in place, before gluing it up:
With the boards for the top already machined, I decided to relax and fine-tune the drawer fronts a bit. Finally, I tried them in the drawer frame. Notice how nicely the drawer front grain aligns with the grain on the frame:
You may be interested in reading how I cut out the drawer fronts and the drawer frame from one board. If you are interested if further details, please let me know either in the Comments section (link just below the title to this post), or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My client will be here next week for a dry fit – I must make sure the height is comfortable for him, before gluing up anything on the desk base. In the meantime, I will glue up the top, and start work on the drawers.