Portable Desk (Campaign Desk)

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I made this small, portable desk for my daughter who is moving across a few states in a little hatchback.

The legs fit in slots underneath, and are clamped in place with 5/16 bolts mounted in metal inserts.

The build took about 5 hours. With finishing, I have a total of 8 hours into it.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 08:55 AM

Great desk. Was it your design or had you seen others like it?

-- We all have a moral obligation to make the world a better place, through integrity and disposition. " be joyful, and the world becomes a better place!"

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 10:53 AM

What is this made of? I am looking to this one to be convert to that style.

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 12:32 PM

Great style. I love the portable style that can even be used to move things.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 02:17 PM

Wow! That is a great campaign desk. Are you by any chance a re-enactor?

I just saw where it was for your daughter and I’m sure she must love it. You could probably sell these to reenactors.

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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#5 posted 05-10-2016 02:39 PM

I admire people that can put something together that quickly. That project would probably take me a month.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#6 posted 05-10-2016 08:18 PM

Very nice

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#7 posted 05-11-2016 12:29 AM

That’s a great idea.

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#8 posted 05-11-2016 01:24 AM

Nice job, and a practical gift for one on the move. Might you provide a photo of the bolt/insert attachment? i was looking to try something like this some years ago but could not find suitable hardware.

Terrific build.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#9 posted 05-11-2016 12:01 PM

Thanks all.

I came up with the design while I was building it. I wanted the legs to go in simply and solidly. I think the main thing is to have the sides connected with dados, so they would stably hold the legs over time.

I should have taken a picture of the underside of the desk. Here is a diagram of where the legs fit in. It’s actually a very simple design.

Nope, I’m not a reenactor – that would be kind of fun though. I know people out here do it for some of the Oregon Trail events. I like the campaign-style furniture and plan on building a few more pieces.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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