Slant front desk/secretary

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Project by sawdustdad posted 12-24-2015 03:47 PM 813 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I discovered some very cool curly cherry in the 1800 bf of walnut and cherry I purchased green from a sawmill some years back. Needing a way to showcase it, I built this desk and then the top section to complete this secretary. As with many of my projects, this one was in Fine Woodworking. I’m not much of a designer, but I can follow a plan pretty well. Carcass is dovetailed as with many of my pieces.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 05:43 PM

Absolutely Beautiful – that curly cherry is outstanding – one day I’ll be able to do something that nice (maybe)

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 07:06 PM

Beautiful stuff! Great! My motto re: design is that it takes as long to learn good design as it does to learn how to build nice furniture. That means you can get to the building of pieces you want to keep a whole lot quicker if you realize you don’t know anything about design!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 10:42 PM

Looks great.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 12-25-2015 12:55 AM

Beautiful work, I love the Cherry looks wonderful and good to work with. Great job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 01:02 AM

Another great piece !!! Well done !

-- Carl, Iowa

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 02:35 AM

A very beautiful piece. Do the supports come out as the top comes down? If so, how do you do this?

-- Joe - - When 10 million people believe in a dumb idea, it's still a dumb idea.

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#7 posted 12-25-2015 03:25 AM

The desk front supports are not automatic. You need to pull them out, then drop the front. That’s the only way it should work!

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 09:26 AM

Very attractive piece, nicely crafted.

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