This reception desk made a great woodworking project.

Custom built reception desk.

I built this reception desk a while back when I was still doing commercial millwork jobs. It was built from architectural drawings that the customer supplied so there aren't any woodworking drawings available.

The front and sides of the desk are made from cherry wood panels and the back side is built out of black melamine and matching black laminate.(If I had known at that time that I would be sharing photos I would've tried to get better pictures.)

The back side is all black. Even the drawer pulls are black. It has desk height file cabinets on each side with a wrap around countertop. The upper counter was originally supposed to be black granite but after a few budget cuts by the decision makers they settled for black laminate.

The cherry wood was finished with a light cherry stain from Sherwin Williams and two coats of 40 sheen lacquer finish. The desk was delivered in pieces and assembled in place. During assembly, the phone, power and security cables were installed in the raised walls of the desk. Overall it was a nice project and the reception desk itself has led to several other jobs.

Just a Note:If you think you'd be interested in adding commercial millwork jobs to your shop then talk to some of your local commercial contractors. Most of the time they're more than interested in shops that can provide them with their millwork. They'll also tell you what they require for insurance and their bid requirements. Good Luck!

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