A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Two

The construction of this desk is mahogany veneer on pine, with solid mahogany feet and mouldings. I rubbed a series of pine boards together and set them aside to dry. With a veneered chest of drawers, I would normally veneer the carcase after it’s been glued together. However, with the desk, the panels that form the kneehole would be challenging to veneer once assembled, so I deemed it prudent to veneer them prior to cutting the joints.

In for a penny and all that; I veneered the carcase ends and back panels (not in the image below) while I was at it.

Pre-veneered panels.

What, with Fruit Bun Friday and Chocolate Bunny Sunday upon us once again, progress on the desk is a little slow I’m afraid.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Two

  1. Ted says:

    Hi Jack. In earlier post, you described how you edge joined boards. I was wondering how you applied veneer of such large dimension. Do you use a veneer hammer? Thanks, Ted


    • Jack Plane says:

      Ted, the veneer is 5/64″ thick and while many would advocate pressing veneer of this weight with cauls, I prefer hammering where possible. This veneer was quite compliable and hammered down easily.



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