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Shaker Style Lap Desk

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Project by Ron Aylor posted 08-19-2016 10:16 AM 1287 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This simple Shaker style Lap Desk measures 19” wide, 7” high and 13” deep and is constructed of 1/2” (resawn) cherry. The lid employs breadboard construction to insure flatness. The body is constructed using hand cut dovetails (be nice, I know some are questionable). Note the ink well and paper drawer. The desk is finished with shellac and bees wax, and probably could use another coat of wax!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-19-2016 12:02 PM

Nice lap desk, Ron. I saw a few at the Rendezvous at the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon in Indiana and came home and made one. I take it on trips with me when I want to do some drawing.

Nice work on it…...........cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 08-19-2016 01:29 PM

Nice, very nice. Two things you can’t go wrong with; Shaker, and cherry. Very nice work..

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 08-19-2016 01:31 PM

great work

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#4 posted 08-19-2016 03:00 PM

Actually I find it very refreshing for someone to show what is less than absolutely perfect work. It makes your piece look much more authentic and aesthetically pleasing. When I first saw your work I thought that you must have gone to a great deal of trouble to recreate ,what is probably a much more historically correct looking joint . I think it is perfect just as it is. I would be proud to have and use it and plan to make one just “exactly ” like it for myself. Congrats on the build and your courage.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#5 posted 08-19-2016 06:12 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 08-20-2016 12:08 PM

agree with oltexas. very nice work.

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#7 posted 08-20-2016 05:42 PM

I think this looks great – It’s on my build list
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recycle1943

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#8 posted 08-20-2016 07:58 PM

If you had beat it up with a chain, knocked a corner or two down, it could easily be mistaken for an OLD lap desk. Nice work !

-- 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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#9 posted 08-20-2016 08:27 PM

This is a great idea! Very elegant!

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#10 posted 08-21-2016 01:02 AM

Nice job!

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#11 posted 08-21-2016 11:59 PM

nice project. My son made one like that for 4-h a few years ago. He enjoys using it for his homework and hiding his fishing magazines in. Did you get the plans from fine woodworking magazine?

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Dave Rutan

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#12 posted 08-22-2016 12:13 AM

Frankly, I think it looks fantastic. The inkwell drawer is clever.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 08-22-2016 12:55 AM



nice project. My son made one like that for 4-h a few years ago. He enjoys using it for his homework and hiding his fishing magazines in. Did you get the plans from fine woodworking magazine?

- indianajoe

No plans actually … just studied photos!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#14 posted 10-07-2016 12:55 AM

Beautiful, looks as if it was old, in the best way.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Ron Aylor

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#15 posted 04-17-2017 05:01 PM



Beautiful, looks as if it was old, in the best way.
Best thoughts,
Mads

- mafe

Thanks, Mads … that was my intention. This was used during my Revolutionary War re-enactment days! I’ve written many a fife tune on this desk. Thanks, again!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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