Hobbit desk

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Project by bearkatwood posted 11-10-2015 03:03 AM 3017 views 25 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks, here is a fun one. About a year and a half ago I got a commission to build an unauthorized copy of Bilbos writing desk form the lord of the rings movies. I got the commission from a film student that had access to behind the scenes pictures of the desk from many angles. Working from the pictures I drew up a blueprint and built the desk. The film and pictures never showed the inside of the desk so we got to make one up. I made a hobbit hole cubby with a keyhole that looked like the symbol Gandalf put on his door. I put a replica of the ring inside when I shipped it to the customer.
It was definitely a complex build, thankfully I had just come off two other contract that were built from photos so I had some tricks I could use to make this. I used the coffee cup in one picture for a reference. I had the metal plates on the left side custom forged. The pen holder on the right side was a tough one to replicate, but turned out well. It was a lot of fun to go to the theater after I built it and see the end of the last movie when all the furnishings were out front of his house and they showed the desk really well. I inked the leather writing pad to look like the pictures. I used half moon drawer joinery. Every effort was to make this as close as possible to the movie version. The desk was made in poplar and stained to match. The fun part was distressing it and staining it to look a hundred years old.
I had a blast making this and it is probably my favorite build to date. Enjoy!

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 03:11 AM

Awsome project. I love the thought and detail that had to go into this. What a great project to get paid for.


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#2 posted 11-10-2015 07:01 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 07:42 AM

AWESOME project, really nice and very well done! Would love to have that in my office. Great build!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 07:52 AM

Very nice desk.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#5 posted 11-10-2015 10:22 AM

I like small drawers and metal parts. Small rounded doors are just adorable- pretty unique detail.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 11-10-2015 11:37 AM

This is awesome!

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#7 posted 11-10-2015 02:24 PM

That is rather whimsical and yet very practical. It’s a nice piece and nicely done. Congratulations. I love the character of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 11-10-2015 03:01 PM

Beautiful, practical well made desk.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 11-10-2015 07:32 PM

That’s amazing, Brian! What a beautiful piece, and a near-priceless treasure to a LOTR fan, I’m sure. You should release sketchup plans, that’s one of the finest examples of a secretary type desk I’ve seen. So very classy!

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#10 posted 11-10-2015 08:49 PM

That looks great! Love the faithful attention to detail.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#11 posted 11-10-2015 11:03 PM

Beautiful work!

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#12 posted 11-11-2015 12:56 AM

Really really nice.

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#13 posted 11-11-2015 03:25 PM

As a huge LOTR fan, I love this piece. Extremely well done and fantastic attention to detail. Congrats.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#14 posted 11-13-2015 01:07 PM

Beautiful desk, Brian. Love the Knapp joints (half moon) on the drawers! How did you do those? Also, how did you create the pen holder? I have an idea (drill press, bandsaw, spindle sander) am I close? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 11-14-2015 02:42 AM

Sweet! What are the pieces on the right side of the desk for?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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