|Project by thewoodninja||posted 12-20-2011 06:30 AM||1179 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This project was for a client that commissioned it as a Christmas gift for his wife. He was very involved in the design process. I drew the piece up on SketchUp and emailed him back and forth until he was happy with the design. He had a few very specific requests. He was completely against the traditional slide out supports for the lid and he also didn’t want to have chain supports. He wanted the piece to be made of curly maple and he wanted the lid/writing surface to be a raised panel covered on the inside with leather.
If you notice in the pictures, the piece doesn’t have slide out supports but it does have chain supports. He and I now know why every slant front secretary design seen has the slide out supports. We were unable to find folding stays that were long enough to support the lid of the piece and since the issue arose at the end of the build, I wasn’t able to build in the slide out supports.
The writing surface is a raised panel that is covered on one side with a piece of leather. The client did the leather work himself. Wrapping the writing surface with the rails and styles were a beast as each stick had to be hand carved with a chisel to be able to match the inconsistencies in the thickness of the leather.
All in all I delivered it to him today and he was very happy with it. I don’t have pictures with the finish because he is having his Brother-in-Law put the finish on it. If I’m able to I will post more pictures later of it finished.
-- Kenny, Louisiana, www.thewoodninja.com