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Project by poopiekat posted 12-14-2009 12:55 AM 2534 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk was a long time coming, there lots of design considerations to pull together before going ahead with the rough machining. I wanted to build a desk for my wife to her own requirements, firstly. I prefer red oak to any other wood, and having restored quite a few of those blocky old monstrosities in the past, I wanted to retain the quintessential look without all that weightyness. So I built the pedestals, with a bit of extended leg so that the 2 carcasses were up off the floorline. This gave it a lighter look. Yup, this is the desk in my avatar!! I built a framework for the center drawer such that I wanted to achieve a sort of modular element to it, so the framework bridges the 2 freestanding pedestals. A modesty panel in back helps position the distance between the pedestals too. Then, a solid 1 1/2” top with bullnose edges next. That’s about the limit of my own physical strength, to carry up the stairs alone from workshop to den. Then… out of the blue, I had triple bypass and a few other not-so-good stays in the hospital. After that hiatus, I designed and built the upper unit. I just got all the upper parts on today, which explains the clamps!! I designed the pigeonholes around my wife’s requirements, (she’s a CPA) and stepped out a bit on thin ice for the design and er, eventual redesign of the serpentine scroll of the roll top itself. With some 3/4” bullnose half-round, I decided on twill duck canvas as a backing for the tambour. I made a sample piece, because I wasn’t sure how it would conform to the concave portion, but it worked ok! This will be the last step, a bit of finishing and the tambour will be ready to install. It will have the correct brass tambour lock from Lee Valley. Oh, yes, a door with some fancy scrollwork in the center pigeonhole. In the 6th picture the tambour is in, and working properly. Hope you like it!! UPDATE: Almost done now, just have to mortise in the receiver plate for the mortise-lock. That can wait til after Christmas, but the desk is fully functional now!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 12:59 AM

Looks great rolltops are very involved a great looking desk and very well done.

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poopiekat

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 01:04 AM

Thanks, Jim! Congrats on 18,000 posts, too!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 01:31 AM

WOW Great Lookin Rolltop

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 02:01 AM

Nice looking desk. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 04:55 AM

great desk, I have one on my to do list. My list just keeps getting longer instead of shorter. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.

-- F.Little

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 05:24 PM

Great desk, roll tops are the classic standard. Looks like you couldn’t wait to get it in the house.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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poopiekat

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 03:38 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. A rolltop is always a good choice for a project, when you factor in the amount of work versus the amount of compliments it will get! It’s been in the works for more than three years, with other less time-consuming projects and other things distracting me, but it probably could have been done in a couple of months, a few hours at a time on weeknights and weekends. The sense of accomplishment is what it’s all about, and I’m anxious to start another project that will be equally rewarding! Thanks again for all the nice feedback.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 06:33 AM

Very nice, the finish looks good to.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 08:22 PM

I missed this when you originally posted it. Fantastic job! I’ve always wanted one of these…. I hope I can build one anywhere near this nice one day.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 01-18-2010 09:24 PM

Thanks, Charlie and Abbott! The only daunting part was worrying whether the tambour would fit well enough to work. There was some tense moments there, but overall the effort/reward ratio is wayyy up there! Certainly one of my most worthwhile projects, though I’m glad it’s done now. Again, thx for the kind words!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 01-19-2010 01:10 AM

No picture completed?

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#12 posted 01-19-2010 01:14 AM

Nice looking desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 12-05-2010 07:05 AM

An interesting desk. I’m not sure but in your description you mention how the upper portion was at your carrying capacity…does this mean that the ‘roll’ or top part of the desk is separate from the bottom? If so how do you keep the top part aligned so that it meshes with the lock properly?

It is a nice looking project.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 12-05-2010 07:50 AM

I wasn’t yet on LJ when you posted this. Beautiful Did the modular construction make it any easier to build? I know what you mean as far as weight, it must weight a good bit when all assembled.

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poopiekat

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#15 posted 12-05-2010 03:50 PM

Thanks, Clay, Nancy and Mark!
I designed this so that the pedestals would be correctly spaced by a center drawer module that interlocks with the upper inner edges of the pedestals, and also a drop-in modesty panel that clicks into place with some unusual friction clips I found at H4H.The top, 1 1/2” thick, drops onto tapered brass dowels at every corner on top of the peds. Blind screws suspend the pigeonhole assembly to the upper sides of the rolltop, which are located in place by brass dowel pins, and screws. The upper top is held in place with cabinetmakers’ figure 8 keepers, should the need arise that I’d have to do corrective surgery on the tambour. I could have fastend the top permanently, as it turned out. I never would have navigated this unit up from the basement and into our den/study if it was all one piece! Hence the need for modularity. It made the whole job more difficult to build, but do-able for that one-time move. I fastened two stout handles to the underside of the desktop unit so I could hand-carry it up the stairs!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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