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Project by JADobson posted 12-03-2016 03:12 AM 1208 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Christian Becksvoort’s lap desk that was in Fine Woodworking a year or two ago. I built it from a pine 2×4 and a 2×6. The breadboards are cherry and the pins and knob or walnut. Everything was done by hand with the exception of a drill pressed used to waste out the 3/16” x 16” mortise on the breadboard ends and a lathe for the knob. I painted the drawer front blue for a touch of whimsy. Very fun project. Comments and critiques welcome.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany





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Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 12-03-2016 04:28 AM

That’s a very handsome lap desk.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 12-03-2016 01:59 PM

nice looking desk, I especially like the breadboard ends

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#3 posted 12-03-2016 02:29 PM

looks good

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 12-03-2016 02:42 PM

Great work, James!

”... built it from a pine 2×4 and a 2×6.”

I would like to have seen photos of the resawing (not that I’m a fan of resawing… LOL!) and subsequent facing of the individual pieces. Good job on the breadboards and interior compartments. Kudos on the whimsical blue drawer front. I especially like the knots on the top! You should be proud … thanks for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 12-05-2016 04:51 AM

Thanks everyone.

Ron you aren’t missing much. I’ve got the Pax rip saw that LV sells. Basically just mark a line and go. My first few attempts weren’t great and I had to throw a few pieces away because I strayed inside the line but practice makes perfect.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#6 posted 12-05-2016 11:36 AM



Thanks everyone.

Ron you aren t missing much. I ve got the Pax rip saw that LV sells. Basically just mark a line and go. My first few attempts weren t great and I had to throw a few pieces away because I strayed inside the line but practice makes perfect.

- JADobson

Well good … I will rest in the knowledge that you used a hand saw. Again James, great job!

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

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