“The Raven” Writing Desks

Left Side View of Raven Desk
Left side from standing perspective

Right Side View of Raven Desk
Right side from standing perspective

Back View of Raven Desk
Standing perspective from the back. Note that this desk will be against a wall, therefore directions are reversed.

Raven Detail on Desk
Ecopoxy inlay with pattern cut on CNC. 1 drop of Mazda Red touch-up paint for the eye!

Drawer Detail on Raven Desk
CNC cut finger joints, runners, and drawer parts.


The Raven was designed for my shop office. It was an experimental piece for learning Vectric VCarve Pro, Fingermaker joint software, Livos and Rubio finishing techniques, and use of a CNC Router. It has been entered in the Kingston Wood Artisans’ “Artistry in Wood 2019” show and competition.

The Artist’s Technical Statement for the “Artistry in Wood” entry is:

Many of the details of “The Raven” are inspired by the restrictions and advantages of using a CNC Router for critical components. Repeatability and accuracy are balanced by the need for innovative joinery. The desk is built with allowance for transportation and easy setup, as well as for wood movement.

Materials used are: Maple, Walnut, Bloodwood, 1/8″ white Hardboard, Livos Natural Oil, Rubio Monocoat, Ecopoxy, mechanical fasteners, magnets, adjustable feet, 1 drop Mazda red touch-up paint. Item size is 81.5 x 48 x 30.25 inches (207 x 122 x 77 cm) in each greatest dimension. All joinery is exposed. All joinery was cut with a CNC Router, with the exception of magnet holes and brace pocket. Due to the inability of CNC Routers cutting square inside joints, custom designs were developed for all joints.

The top slabs are finished with Rubio Monocoat on all sides. All remaining wood is finished with two coats of Livos Kunos Natural Oil. The desk is modular. The slab is in 3 sections held in place by draw-joint hardware. Wood movement is only expected to be significant across the slab, therefore the end trim is not glued, it is attached via magnets.

“The Raven” is designed for generations of use.

Raven Desk
The finished Raven Writing Desk

I would be pleased to discuss commissioned variations or copies of this piece.

ItemKGLb
Right Slab10.623.4
Middle Slab23.852.5
Right Slab6.414.1
Left Base19.843.7
Right Base19.843.7
Total80.4177.3
   
Each Drawer3.27.1
Each Base5.411.9

Raven 2

This is a straight desk of the same style. The drawers open as usual, and there are two pull-out shelves.

Raven Desk 2 Right View
Right Overview

Raven Desk 2 with Drawers Out
All Drawers Out

Drawer Corners Detail
Drawer Corner Detail

Shelf Detail
Shelf Detail

Low Angle View
Low Angle View

Raven 2 is available to a good home. Please see the Raven desk in my shop: https://fabrikisto.com/product/the-raven-writing-desk/