Roll Top Desk

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Project by rda327 posted 07-05-2011 09:28 PM 3407 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a good way to spend seven months of your spare time. This is built from Norm Abram’s New Yankee Workshop Plans. I only worked on it in my spare time. It was a gift for my wife and will be passed down to my youngest daughter and on down to my Granddaughter. It is all mortise and tenon and dovetail joints It is all raised panels solid red oak even the back. It was a very rewarding project but one that I would not want to repeat.

-- Roger, Jasper Tn.

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 10:06 PM

You did a great job on this desk and will be cherised for generations Im sure.

-- Billp

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Tim Kindrick

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 10:07 PM

I just watched those 2 New Yankee Workshop shows again last week… Great project! You did an awesome job!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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Ed Pirnik

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 10:16 PM

Just beautiful. A few years back, I purchased a nice rolltop in mahogany that belonged to a friend’s grandfather. I’ve been refinishing bit-by-bit over the course of the last year. The old shellac had really crazed over. I must say that despite the fact that rolltops just aren’t great for computers – I can’t help but have one in my home. Love to write and design furniture while seated amid all those beautiful cubbies in the gallery.

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 10:45 PM

That is one of my favorite projects of Norms. It is one of those that i would LOVE to build, but don’t know what I’d do with it. It is also WAY, WAY, WAY above my skill level. This one is BEAUTIFUL. it is amazing.

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 10:57 PM

Great Job, maybe one day I can try one for myself. Hope I can do as good a job. It is on my to do list for the house, just don’t have any ideal when it might happen.

-- F.Little

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#6 posted 07-05-2011 11:12 PM

hi great looking roll top writing desk you did a fantastic job with the build
it will be in the family for a long long time

i really like it is beautiful you invested a lot of time in it hop you had a lot fun also


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#7 posted 07-05-2011 11:46 PM

All I can say is WOW!!! You will live on for generations in your work!

-- Tom in Spring Branch

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#8 posted 07-06-2011 12:15 AM

Thanks Everyone

-- Roger, Jasper Tn.

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#9 posted 07-06-2011 02:07 AM

Nice work. I’m with Pdl, I’d love to try my hand at building one but have no place to put it.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#10 posted 07-06-2011 03:52 AM

Seven months is fast work for an heirloom piece like this my Friend!!
Great Job!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 07-06-2011 07:07 PM

just…WOW. That’s is a gorgeous piece you crafted. I hope some day to build one when my skill level gets that good; and I’ll make room for it if I have to…LOL.


-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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Mark Sanger

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#12 posted 07-07-2011 10:09 AM

IThis is brilliant. I would love to have the knowledge to make such a beautiful piece of furniture.


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#13 posted 07-28-2011 04:15 AM

This is wonderful. I have always dream about making one of these. Maybe one day!
Congrat, this is beautiful

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#14 posted 10-06-2011 01:56 AM

Fantastic job.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#15 posted 03-30-2013 06:02 PM

Great job amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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