Slant front desk

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Blog series by Don Newton updated 09-06-2008 03:28 AM 3 parts 8866 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: Feet and carcase

07-04-2008 03:35 AM by Don Newton | 8 comments »

Let me start by saying this is my first blog and I hope I don’t screw it up too bad. My current project is an 18th C slant front desk. The material is Honduras Mahogany. I came up with the design from various pictures in books about American Furniture, particularly “Master Craftsmen of Newport” by Michael Moses. The starting place was the ogee bracket feet. Believe me these are a project in themselves! I used 8/4×5 1/2” material. All of the shaping was done...

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Part 2: Disaster

07-10-2008 04:47 AM by Don Newton | 7 comments »

Well you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men…... Plan your work, work your plan. I was admiring the progress on the desk and thinking about starting on the lid when I noticed the error. It appears that the side didn’t project above the writing surface the way it was supposed to. This is necessary for the whole lid hinging thing. I screwed up! AGHHHHH!!! What to do? Trash it? Take an axe to it? But, then again, maybe if I can think clearly ther...

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Part 3: Slant front desk #3 - Writing surface/drawers

09-06-2008 03:28 AM by Don Newton | 7 comments »

Well….I got back into the desk project. The most difficult part so far was getting the geometry right for the lid/writing surface. The hinge placement is critical. The dimension of the lid depends on the hinge placement. The whole thing is a Catch 22 situation but that is what mockups are for. The lid is 14” high from a single board of Honduras Mahogany with bread board ends cut from the same board and tongue and grooved to the lid. Believe it or not, this is the first...

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