Prairie School Desk

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Project by dakotawood posted 03-29-2016 12:03 AM 3931 views 51 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughters both needed a desk for their rooms. My wife found a desk she liked online. I copied the overall design, but added the short hutch on top. I drew it all up in Sketchup first. Made of cherry and sprayed on a lacquer finish. Most of the carcass and leg construction completed with Dominos. Drawer dovetail tails cut on the tablesaw and pins are hand cut. I’m getting a little better every time I do this!

Between the two lower cubbies, the two drawers with cubby in the middle, and hutch top, it can store and hold a lot of things for such a small footprint. Needless to say, Sophia and Phoebe love them!

37”w, 23”d, 29.5”h
main cubbies usable height 4.5” (I would go 3.5-4” height next time)
hutch depth 9.5”
total hutch height 3.5”
10.5 degree angle cut for leg components
3 coats Target Coatings water based lacquer

Thanks for looking!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 03-29-2016 12:07 AM

Nice work & I’m sure your kids will cherish them for many years!

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#2 posted 03-29-2016 12:12 AM

Great looking desks, the kids look pretty good too! Could you provide over dimensions, I would like to make a couple for the grandkids. thanks, frosty

-- frosty

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#3 posted 03-29-2016 12:14 AM

Awesome work, I love em. Great smiles!

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 12:24 AM

You bet! Frosty – I amended my post to include some dimensions.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 12:33 AM

I love the way the top is “hung” from the legs.
Great design and execution !!!

PS—Your girls are almost criminally cute. There oughta be a law. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 03-29-2016 01:19 AM

These are beautiful. I like everything about them. Nice work and thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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Alexandre Lussier

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#7 posted 03-29-2016 01:23 AM

These desks are nice. The hutch is a great addition. Awesome work and smiles! I will add it to my inspiration folder! Thanks for sharing.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

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#8 posted 03-29-2016 01:26 AM

Great project Dakota. Beautiful.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#9 posted 03-29-2016 01:56 AM

Really nice desks!

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#10 posted 03-29-2016 02:12 AM

Travis, nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

Why would you make the “cubbies” height smaller—3.5-4.0 inches vs 4.5 inches?


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#11 posted 03-29-2016 02:18 AM

Great job x 2 and a couple darling daughters to boot.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#12 posted 03-29-2016 08:13 AM

Excellent job sir. Great customers you have there.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#13 posted 03-29-2016 11:18 AM

Super nice looking desk’s! Those big smiles tell me they are very happy with dad’s excellent workmanship! You also built memories to cherish.
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 03-29-2016 12:15 PM

Nice looking Desks, and two very lucky girls!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 03-29-2016 12:38 PM

Fantastic work, amazing work shop, nice looking family….does it get any better than that!

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