Thomas Jefferson Lap Desk(s)

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Project by Kate posted 04-18-2009 11:11 PM 9105 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the plans for this lap desk from Fine Woodworking. It is a replica of the lap desk Thomas Jefferson designed and used. The first one I made from a single piece of mahogany that I had been saving for a special project. I had such fun making it I decided to make a couple more.

-- Kate,

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 11:21 PM

Beautiful job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 04-18-2009 11:39 PM

well done. truley something to write home about.i had to say that.

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#3 posted 04-19-2009 12:07 AM

Very nice idea and very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 04-19-2009 12:12 AM

Wow! Impressive lap desks!

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

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#5 posted 04-19-2009 12:26 AM

Wonderful workmanship Kate.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#6 posted 04-19-2009 12:34 AM

Kate, As usual, these are top shelf! Nice craftsmanship and beautiful woods.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 04-19-2009 12:42 AM

nice! what finish did you put on the mahogany for it to look so good?

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#8 posted 04-19-2009 02:53 AM

The first Laptop hey!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#9 posted 04-19-2009 05:03 AM

Thomas would be proud of it . great Job

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 04-19-2009 06:12 AM

They’re beautiful! What kind of a hinge is that? Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 04-19-2009 02:39 PM

Very nice design…. and beautiful craftsmanship…


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#12 posted 04-19-2009 06:41 PM

Just beautiful Kate! I’ve been planning to build one of these myself. Your’s is a wonderful reproduction. Thanks.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#13 posted 04-19-2009 09:32 PM

beautiful Job. A wonderful replica.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 08-05-2009 10:36 AM

Well done! The mahogany is beautiful. How long did it take you?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#15 posted 08-05-2009 04:17 PM

Thanks Naomi,

I don’t remember how long it took. Many (many) hours. At some point I’ll make another. It was fun doing all the detail work.

-- Kate,

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