Vermont cherry stand up desk

Stand up desk in Vermont cherry, maple & aspen

dovetailed drawers with ebonized cherry knobs character wood cherry top and back apron

Richard Bissell Fine Woodworking
of Putney, VT


This Vermont cherry stand up desk was made entirely with wood salvaged from trees blown down about 1/4 mile from my workshop in Putney, VT.  A May 2010 thunderstorm severely damaged about an acre of cherry, maple, white pine and aspen trees.  We salvaged what saw logs we could from the tangled mess and had them sawed into about 3000 board feet of lumber ranging from spectacular to just about unusable.  This desk was made from wood that I would normally categorize as “not good enough for fine furniture”.  However the combination of red heart wood and white sap wood makes for a beautiful set of drawer fronts. Minor character knots in the top don’t interfere with its usability and add some interest and the more major knots in the back apron (often facing a wall) don’t compromise the structural integrity of the piece and certainly live up to the motto “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”. This desk was completed on December 31, 2012 and was the first piece I built after converting my workshop to be 100% solar powered.

Cherry with red maple drawer sides and backs, aspen drawer bottoms and ebonized cherry drawer knobs.

Dimensions: 42" long x 20" deep x 41" high

Price: $1950 + shipping

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