Curly Maple Lap Desk

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Project by bandit571 posted 07-04-2015 05:17 PM 1700 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can either be a Lap Desk, Small Kitchen Office, or whatever one needs. There is a pen/pencil holder on the inside, with grooves to hold four. Back of the lid is a Live Edge Maple, main lid is Curly Maple. Walnut plugs to hold the upper lid.

Main lid has two knots in the field. There is a narrow add on strip to the front edge, also curly maple. Front corners are dovetailed by hand. Back corners are simple butt end to a rebate side. Bottom is 1/4” Oak plywood. It sits in a 1/4×1/4” groove all the way around.

Four coats of oil finsih have been wiped on….and soaked right in. Will be getting a few more coats later.

Sizes? Counting the overlap of the lid, across the front is 18-1/4”. Height in the back:6-5/8” front to rear of the sides of the case: 14-3/4”

Started out with just the lid as a starting point, all else came from what wood was on hand. No written plan was used….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 05:27 PM

A fine design and nice execution.

Looks to me that the “Single Brain Cell SketchUp” plan….
Was instru-MENTAL!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 06:43 PM

Looks fantastic. Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 11:37 PM

The whole hand tool thing is what impresses me! Good job Bandit.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 01:19 AM

looking good

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 07-05-2015 04:45 AM

Nice work, I like lap desks. Your dovetails came out nice. Curly maple is a great-looking wood.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 05:37 AM

The live edge piece on top is a great touch, Bandit! How much does it weigh? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 07-05-2015 11:36 AM

that curly maple looks great ,dove tails came out great too, fine looking lap desk ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 07-05-2015 04:19 PM

Bandit, that desktop office whatever thingy looks great… and handy too! Way to go buddy.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#9 posted 07-05-2015 04:21 PM

Love those dovetails!

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

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#10 posted 07-05-2015 09:50 PM

Very nice work sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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