Charles Rennie Mackintosh/Kevin Rodel computer desk

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Project by WhattheChuck posted 05-08-2015 03:49 PM 2014 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Computer desk—only 23.5” high. For my wife, who is only about 5’1”. Turns out all computer desk trays are about 23.5” high anyway. Made from Cherry with walnut details.

Inspiration comes from a modern master—Kevin Rodel. You can see his much more refined version here:

I really liked the legs on this design, and incorporated a much simpler, but pretty effective version. I don’t know how to do stained glass. The corbels under the top run horizontally, and are attached with biscuits. The front ones are glued to the table top, while the rest of the top is attached with the usual brackets for wood movement.

Kevin gives furniture classes, which I have not attended, but since he is my inspiration for this piece, I’d like to give him a plug. His stuff is really a cut above the standard Arts and Crafts palette. Plus, he also incorporates Wiener Secession forms (his desk has Josef Hoffman influences) and Vienna is my favorite city in the world!

Finish is Behlen’s Rockhard Table Top Varnish. After about four more coats, I’ll rub this sucker out. For a desktop, I just thought it would be better than a tung oil finish.

The one thing my wife insisted on was a drawer. This was hard to cram in under the table and leave space for her legs. I would really like to find office furniture for smaller people—if anyone knows where one can buy a chair designed for the Asian market, post in the comments.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 04:05 PM

Chuck, I always like your projects and this is no exception. I really like the curved shape around the drawer front. The desk has very pleasing lines, and a beautiful shape. Great use of double legs.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 04:08 PM

Hey PD—similar influences, that’s for sure. Gotta jazz up that A&C just a little!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 06:26 PM

Beautiful work Chuck.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 05-09-2015 01:31 AM

I like those double legs, very Beautiful! computer desk.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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