|Project by poopiekat||posted 12-14-2009 12:55 AM||3036 views||3 times favorited||19 comments|
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!!