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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-31-2017 12:00 AM 919 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, a little background. My youngest will deliver her first child and our grandson in April. She’s a sales manager for a company in Troy NY. She’s negotiated two days at work, two days working from home, and Friday’s off. Good deal. She calls, “Dad, I”m working from home, I need a desk for my computer. I want it to collapse to a small cabinet as it’s going to be in the dining room.” This is what I came up with.

As you see it here, it is sitting on cardboard in my living room. It will eventually be screwed against a wall at her house. It’s made of cherry with beech for the frame part that doesn’t show. (Beech=inexpensive and hard). When open, it has a long drawer and keyboard pull out. Below that is a large angled unit to hold file folders, and room for her legs.

The door acts as a leg for the pull out wing. The side with the wing pulls out, the wing lifts up and locks in place. A powerful earth magnet makes it hug the desk. The pull-out glides an a heavy duty, ball bearing, drawer slide. A small hydraulic cylinder allows it to be lifted or dropped with one finger. A magnet also holds the door closed. A hole in the top to drop cords and a power strip inside the back of the desk. The finish is like I usually like to finish cherry. Clear water based polyacrylic sprayed on. I also brushed a couple of coats on the top to build up a thickness, sand lightly, and hand rub butcher’s wax as a final step.

An unusual build for me. I don’t use plans. I think about it a long time and build it a hundred times in my head. Then I sketch it out on a legal pad to decide on dimensions. Then I sort of ‘design as I build’. Sometimes a coupla things change or things are added to make it work. This was an unknown. Make a desk with a hidden pullout wing. Sort of like a murphy bed I guess. A murphy desk!

Thanks for looking. Next she wants a 7ft table that hides in a thin tall cabinet on the other wall. She always was my ‘unique’ child.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.





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Kelster58

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 12:35 AM

First of all congratulations to your daughter and her family and you and your family. I hope you all have a blessed life together. That is a wonderful desk. Very impressive engineering there. It is well put together and should serve her very well. GREAT JOB ! Thanks for sharing.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 01-31-2017 12:39 AM

Dan a beautiful and cleaver desk,cant wait to see the seven footer , tell her congratulations Grandpa and she has a unique dad also ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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SuperCubber

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 12:45 AM

Wow, that’s a fantastic desk!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 01-31-2017 01:06 AM

you never disappoint dan, a really nice job, it looks really nice, i know how you feel about using designs ive never used them, what about a combo, murphy bed with the desk, would be a great way to not overwork….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 01:13 AM

Great design. Smart to hide the desktop in the desk.

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 03:59 AM

Nice looking work station.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 12:25 PM

I love this work.

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 01-31-2017 03:29 PM

Dang Dan!

You really outdid yourself on this one. Very clever design and very nice looking.

Congrats on the coming grand baby.

Do any ice fishing this year? Milton Three Ponds looks pretty solid and I’ve seen a few trucks on it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 01-31-2017 04:23 PM

I like the design and you’ve also done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 02-01-2017 03:59 AM



Dang Dan!

You really outdid yourself on this one. Very clever design and very nice looking.

Congrats on the coming grand baby.

Do any ice fishing this year? Milton Three Ponds looks pretty solid and I ve seen a few trucks on it.

- Mainiac Matt

The ice was slow coming in this year but not as bad as last year. They just had the York county fishing tournament this weekend. They were out as early as 5 am last weekend. Still, not that much action on the lake.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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