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Project by tjackele posted 12-10-2010 02:29 AM 1605 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This secretary desk is the first project for someone beyond immediate family. My neighbor was nice enough to let me make this desk.

Another plan from Norm and NewYankee.com.

The slots inside were to accommodate mail and organize for a laptop inside.

She is still using it and I am grateful to Brad and Dana for having confidence in me that at the time, I was not so sure about. I knew I could make it, but for someone else? That is a big leap, and any of you wondering for yourself, I assure you go for it. You are better at this woodworking than you may think.

This project was tougher than I expected, but rewarding all the same. I only charged them for the wood, but their kids think of us as a bonus set of grandparents, so we get a lot of joy from their friendship.

-- Tim Jackelen





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 02:40 AM

What a nice desk and most of all story :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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woody57

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#2 posted 12-10-2010 03:07 AM

great desk
you did a wonderful job

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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ChefHDAN

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#3 posted 12-10-2010 04:02 AM

Nice work I like the box joints on the case

-- Sssshhhh, I'm pretending to be working

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therookie

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

beautiful work I always wanted to build one of these but I figure I better master the basics before I commit my self o somthing like that.

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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Chip

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#5 posted 12-10-2010 05:05 AM

Wonderful piece of woodworking Tim. You rose to the occasion and should be very proud of yourself. Well done!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 12-10-2010 05:11 PM

Great job, the 1/2 blind DT’s look great on the top. What is the side pull outs for?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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tjackele

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#7 posted 12-10-2010 06:00 PM

Side pullouts are so that when the lid is down and performing as a desk top there is good support. As an older (1700s)design, they are manual, but there are mechanisms you can buy that make the pullouts come forward when you pull the lid down.

-- Tim Jackelen

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 12-10-2010 06:20 PM

Nice looking desk.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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shopmania

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#9 posted 12-10-2010 06:41 PM

Looks super! Good job, very well done!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Splinterman

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#10 posted 12-11-2010 10:44 AM

Hey Tim,
Fine job on a nice desk design…well done.

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