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I have always wanted to own a solid cherry desk so I finally decided to build one. The desk is build in the panel-and-frame style I using solid 3/4" cheery for all rails, stiles, moldings, fascia, doors, drawer fronts, etc., a strong 1" top working surface, and utilizing more stable cherry veneered plywood for the various panels. All sliding shelves are build up from a 3/4" Baltic Birch base with a durable arborite laminate on top and wrapped in 3/4" solid cherry on all edges. With such, I designed this desk to house all of my main computer components: tower, scanner, printer, keyboard and mouse in a manner that hides these when not in use. The use of full extension drawer slides allows easy access to all connections in the back of these components, as well as full exposure for easy use. To achieve the finish I was looking for, I mixed 1 part Natural Cherry Minwax oil with 2 parts Red Mahogany then applied several coats of clear satin polyurethane to all surfaces. For the extra protection on the working surface, I actually applied 4 coats of high gloss polyurethane with another 2 coats of clear satin to then take off the shine while not clouding the finish with multiple coats.