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Blog series by jcontract updated 05-13-2012 02:34 AM 3 parts 5980 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: So Small ... But So Tough

05-12-2012 01:00 AM by jcontract | 2 comments »

I’ve attended a few classes at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop in the past. Classes on Sharpening, hand-cut dovetails, but I never had the chance to take a project class. When the Jefferson Lap Desk was offered, I jumped at the chance. I was looking for a challenge, and boy did I get it. First a little about the desk. The original desk was designed by Thomas Jefferson so that he could write in his coach while traveling between Monticello and Philadelphia. The original is housed i...

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Part 2: Homework? I thought those days were over!

05-13-2012 02:10 AM by jcontract | 0 comments »

After the first PFW class, Mario assigned us some homework. Recess the writing panels to accept the baize, a material similar to felt on a pool table. Also, we routed and cleaned up a recess to accept the notches for the easel. The recess on the back of one of the writing panels is where the easel will fit when the desk is folded flat. Finally, a shot of the panels being recessed to 1/32”. Done with the Bosch Colt freehand and then the ends were cleaned up with a chisel. ...

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Part 3: The Second Class Session

05-13-2012 02:34 AM by jcontract | 0 comments »

Back at PFW it was time to cut and assemble the drawer for the desk. That meant half-blind dovetails at the front of the drawer. Mario imparted some wise advice. Always cut at least 2 dovetails with the same material and to the same thickness as you will use in the project. That’ll give you a good feel for the material and how it will react when you cut the real ones. Great advice. Got to work for the first time on a Moxon vice. This thing was awesome! Allows you work to be right ...

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