Roll top desk

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Project by Brandon posted 07-23-2009 05:22 PM 2158 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a roll top desk that I just finished for my wife. We wanted something to go by the door for mail, keys and other misc stuff and I couldn’t locate what I wanted for what I was willing to pay ( Isn’t that how we all get in trouble with our projects??) It is made from birch, baltic birch plywood and sapele for the accenting. It is finished in 3 coats of poly.

Design wise I used full extension slides, built full depth drawer boxes and even made a little secret compartment on the top utilizing that otherwise wasted space behind the roll top. I used the Amana tambour router bit set (review posted) and that made life a lot easier to make the tambour. I still have some of the organizing compartments to make to go in the top but that is going to be a separate project.

-- Brandon, Maine,

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 05:26 PM


I really like the darker accents.

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

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 05:26 PM

Great looking Desk. Craftsmanship looks superb.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 08:53 PM

Great job! The different woods really give this piece a nice touch.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 10:04 PM

Nice little desk.well done I never tried my hand at makiing a roll top was it easy or very hard?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 07-23-2009 10:54 PM

Awsome looking desk

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 11:52 PM

Nice work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 07-24-2009 03:20 AM

Nice idea. Very well done.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 07-24-2009 03:44 AM

Great looking desk. I’ll have to check out your review on the bits.

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#9 posted 07-24-2009 07:50 AM

great job cool roll top looks super

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 05-15-2010 07:39 AM

Love the grain pattern on the legs

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#11 posted 01-17-2012 07:30 AM

I bought the tambour bit set, figuring I wouldnt need the canvas back, but the slats slide around, sometimes pop apart, and stick. Any ideas?
thanks, sis

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 03:07 PM

This is really nice and is a handy size for your purpose. Nice going.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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