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Rolltop Desk - The Build #5: Starting the top

03-31-2015 02:25 AM by Randy Sharp | 0 comments »

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...

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Rolltop Desk - The Build #4: Drawers

03-08-2015 11:40 PM by Randy Sharp | 0 comments »

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...

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Rolltop Desk - The Build #2: Phase 1 - The Base parts

03-03-2015 01:01 AM by Randy Sharp | 0 comments »

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 ...

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Rolltop Desk - The Build #1: Intro and materials

03-02-2015 03:55 AM by Randy Sharp | 1 comment »

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...

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