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Senior Year Flip-Top Desk

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Project by Troy posted 1402 days ago 3726 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the desk that I made as my senior year project at Newcastle High School. It’s taken me a while to get this on here, I’ve been really busy over the summer workin and buildin a hot rod. Now that I’m at college I have some time to post this on here. This is a Zebra wood and Oak flip-top desk. The flipper is solid zebrawood, it spins on brass bushings and I inserted some old threaded spacers off of a broken saw to bolt through the bushings and into the side. This gave me a very clean look, all that you can see is the head of a brass screw on the inside of the flipper. The flipper and the area where the flipper flips into are removable from the desk so that the desk can be moved around easier cause it is quite the beast to move. There are five raised panels on this desk, and I dug through the wood pile several times and tried to pick out the best pieces to put on this desk. All of the zebrawood trim has oak splines going through the corners. The desk top is a piece of ¾” plywood laminated to ¼” plywood and then wrapped in a 1” wide piece of oak, which has zebrawood spline joints in the corners. I built the desk for functionality as well, the drawers are full depth and slide on waxed wooden guides, the bottom drawer was made to hold files. The other side of the desk is fitted with a single door cabinet with a shelf in the middle for storage. All the way around underneath the desktop, there is zebrawood trim that is chamfered off. I kept the flipper with straight edges and decided to keep that theme throughout, so everything is chamfered and there are no curves. I continued the straight edge angled theme through the raised panels as well. I couldn’t find any handles that I liked to put on the drawers and door, so I made some chamfered zebrawood handles. The flipper had to have countersunk handles for clearance matters; I hate it when autocad lets me draw stuff with zero tolerance! I put a desk outlet in the desk, it cost me over $100, but it is a lot handier and cleaner looking than running grommets all the way through to the bottom. The finish is just like my past projects, and this project also won the best of show award at the 2010 Newcastle High School Wood Show. I am the only student to ever receive this award twice; this made my brother pretty jealous, his name is Ryan Hieb and also has his projects listed on here if you’d like to check them out. Thanks for looking, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your projects.

-- Troy, Newcastle Wyoming





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spunwood

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#1 posted 1402 days ago

Where are these high schools that teach such awesome courses, or is this more of an independant study?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Troy

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#2 posted 1402 days ago

This high school is in Newcastle, Wyoming. I havn’t found any that compare to it yet. There is a woodworking program at the college that I’m attending and it doesn’t even hold a candle to my high school shop class.

-- Troy, Newcastle Wyoming

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horsefly

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#3 posted 1402 days ago

Troy, fantastic!!
I certainly would not want to compete against you!
Good luck with college and join us here whenever you can. By the way….what college?

-- Bob, Carlisle, MA "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not". Thomas Jefferson

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Troy

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#4 posted 1402 days ago

Thanks alot, and the school that I’m at right now is Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.

-- Troy, Newcastle Wyoming

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#5 posted 1402 days ago

Wow Troy!!!! A great deal of work and with such care and attention, you certainly deserve a first place!!! Fabulous!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#6 posted 1402 days ago

Great job! Congratulations!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 1402 days ago

Great Lookin Desk

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 1402 days ago

awesome work congrat´s to you with the prize its very well deserved :-)

thank´s for sharing
Dennis

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 1402 days ago

Nice work!! Why didn’t yoiu do a roll top on it? Just curious :-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Troy

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#10 posted 1402 days ago

I did the flipper just as a challenge and to do something different. I had already put a roll-top door in my freshman year project, and my brother made a roll-top desk. After building both, the flipper is definatly harder, especially when trying to keep the angles instea of just rounding it over.

-- Troy, Newcastle Wyoming

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Ryan Hieb

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#11 posted 1402 days ago

Thought I better comment on your project bro! I will vouch the flip top is probably harder than the roll top but both have their own unique challenges. Nice work as always!

-- Ryan, Wyoming, www.lumberjocks.com/ryanh

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rivergirl

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#12 posted 1402 days ago

You have much to be proud of!! congratulations on the blue ribbon, it was well deserved. You are fortunate to have such a terrific shop teacher. Wow! I love the lid on that desk. I have never seen one like that before. It’s incredible!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Brit

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#13 posted 1402 days ago

Wow! Nice work Troy. I’ve never seen a flip top on a desk before. In fact the only time I’ve ever seen a flip top is on a bread bin my mum used to have when I was a kid. It wasn’t as nice as yours though :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 1402 days ago

Beautiful desk.. Looks great and the work is first class.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#15 posted 1402 days ago

Hey Troy,
Excellent job…very well done.

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