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Shaker Influenced Red Oak Secretary Type Computer Desk

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Project by jack1 posted 1995 days ago 1627 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been needing a place to use my computer that is not the dinner table. After a lots of sketches and a number of false starts I came up with this design. The dimensions are, work surface – 30” high, width – 36”, depth of cabinet – 16 1/2”, height of cabinet – 10”. After laminating the leg blanks, I cut a taper (2 1/8” to 1 3/4”) on the table saw and then used a 1/2” round over bit on the router table to round the legs ending in a lamb’s tongue near the top.
All the lumber (red oak) came from Home Depot. They always have a great selection of 3/4” boards. I did need to laminate two 1”x3” to get enough meat to make the legs however!
I may go back and add some cubby holes at some point but this has gotten me off the dinner table and on the right side of my wife… I also have a place to store my software.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!





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jim1953

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#1 posted 1995 days ago

Great Lookin Desk Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 1995 days ago

Nice looking, Desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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woodnut

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#3 posted 1995 days ago

great desk love the design. Is there any other support for the lid others than the hindges seems there will be alot of pressure put on the lid when is use.

-- F.Little

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1995 days ago

Good job. I could use one of these.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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lew

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#5 posted 1994 days ago

Gorgeous Desk!!

Love that Shaker furniture!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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jack1

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#6 posted 1994 days ago

woodnut, I had originally bought those slide out hinges but didn’t like the bulk I’d have had to build so I designed this one so that the lid has not only the hinges holding it but there’s a 7/8” ledge that protrudes from the front of the pedestal that the case rests on. It seems quite effective so far. If things go south, I’ll add brass chain that I bout just in case…

Also, thanks for the compliments you guys, I appreciate it. I can’t wait to see more of everyones stuff. My best ideas come from seeing other peoples work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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woodnut

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#7 posted 1994 days ago

good idea about the ledge, I did not see it earlier, but once you pointed it out I found it. I may have to use this design for myself.

-- F.Little

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