Walnut writing and laptop desk

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Project by Tim Mahoney posted 05-09-2010 10:07 PM 3266 views 42 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a small writing desk without all the clutter and a space for my laptop at the correct height. The top center portion folds back when the laptop is in use. When I want the complete writing surface I can close my laptop and fold the top over for a nice clean look. The desk has been designed similiar to my rocking chairs. I will make a swivel office chair next to match. Two small drawers are for paper, pencils and other “stuff”. The small handles are shaped from bloodwood. The semi satin finish is a 3 part oil rubbed hand rubbed finish.

-- Tim Mahoney, So Cal,

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 10:54 PM

nice design! what dimension lumber did you use for the legs? also, what sort of hinge did you use for the flip top?

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 10:54 PM

Very nice. Make sure you post the swivel chair with it.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 10:59 PM

Beautiful and functional. Ticks all the boxes. Lovely piece.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 11:30 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! Great design.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 11:37 PM


-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 11:52 PM

Wow, gorgeous, beautiful, have all been said, but that sums it up nicely. I may want to borrow (steal) your design for a small desk in my study.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#7 posted 05-10-2010 01:03 AM

Very nice table Tim and I must say you really know how to take some nice pictures

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 05-10-2010 01:21 AM

Very graceful and elegant, yet simple and functional.

-- Scott,New York,

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 02:21 AM

Beautiful desk. I love the design and choice of material.

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 02:40 AM

Simple and beautiful. Great combination. Have you thought of using a riser block for the back of your laptop? I use a small full width wedge. It allows a bit of air to circulate and gives you a better angle at the keyboard. I may have to build myself a new desk now.

-- Micheal, Boise, Id

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 02:42 AM

Fantastic job. Your craftmanship is showed off in this piece. I agree with TinMan65, the photo work really makes your piece stand out.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 03:04 AM

Very nice design. Love those legs and sides.

-- Scott

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#13 posted 05-10-2010 03:28 AM

nice work like it a lot

-- Kevin, Virginia

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#14 posted 05-10-2010 03:32 AM

Very very nice a classic look , a nice wood selection and super build.

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#15 posted 05-10-2010 03:37 AM

very nice work,,how do you get the legs to look like that?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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