I had an opportunity to visit the Nelson Atkins Museum & Art Gallery in Kansas City. It a beautiful museum and gallery, well worth the visit. Of course my first stop was to see the original version of Rohlfs slant from swivel desk. Last year I had an opportunity to measure and photograph another original that was being restored and based on this built a reproduction. Here are some pictures of Rohlfs original desk. l
With the bases and the drawers finished, I wanted to turn my attention to the roll top section itself. The cubby hole section will require the most time and effort, but this is going to be the most difficult part of the build. The desk top consists of the curved sides that the actual tambour will ride in, a back panel and a top. The tambour will be a project unto itself. I started with the back panel and top. The parts required lots of grooves to accept the thin panels. The top was stra...
So the good news is I got all the games, wine tilts and most of the turning done for the show that we had yesterday. I was also able to complete the 9th piece in my Dimensional Office Furniture set and get it put into place. I did also post this as a project but let me just take a minute to expand upon the story a little more. the bookshelf matches the other two and was built specifically to hold the tool chest you see sitting on top of it. I have talked about my grandfather her...
It’s time to make parts for the six drawers. The original plans called for birch plywood for the sides and backs This would be a snap with 1/2” plywood, but I decided to use solid wood, knowing that it would require at least on full day just to prepare the parts. After re-sawing some boards, gluing up others and a lot of planing, the parts are ready. The Porter Cable 4210 from Lowe’s is the perfect tool for making dovetails. The great thing about this jig is tha...
Visit my website at www.sawdustinn.com or on Facebook! It took 10 hours to resaw the 1 1/4″ thick slabs into three thinner panels and then plane them to the finished 1/4″ thickness. In total, I cut 21 panels that will become inserts for the side and back assemblies. The quarter-sawn panels have some beautiful medullary ray patterns! Panels for the side assembliesI also planed the stiles and rails down to 3/4″ thick, then the cut them to width and length. The next step was to ...
Visit my website at www.sawdustinn.com or on Facebook! Introduction – February 2015The rolltop desk has always had a certain appeal because of the large drawers in the base, multiple cubby holes in the top section and a tambour door. Norm Abram’s version is shown here. I’m using his plans for my build. But with the progression of computers, the rolltop desk is becoming more associated with days past, when managers and business owners relied on a desk like this to keep their paperwork...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob3_bSx0L48 Follow along the build of a beautiful live edge book matched slab computer desk. Built from Canadian Black Walnut from a pair of book matched slabs along with a unique cantilever leg design.
My mom runs a thrift store in the senior housing place she lives. She’s always calling me with ‘great finds.’ This time it turned out to be one. An old roll top craftsman that she thought I’d like it for the wood. My oldest always wanted a roll top, she grabbed her boyfriend and told me to meet them there. That’s why no assembled pictures, they were already loading the thing up. Anyway, started cleaning up the grime and found this on the bottom of one of th...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVXuM_-mQIs In the video I walk through my fine wood working shop while discussing the projects I have on the go. I’m typically building dining chairs, bar stools or rocking chairs. I also teach a 1 on 1 course where we both build a beautiful rocking chair! Happy new year!
So yesterday night, I decided that I was in despite need of a computer desk. I’m currently holding the dinning room table and a side table hostage to hold my massive setup. So I began planning the new setup the dream setup one that will hopefully last years and here is the plan…..
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