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Project by Peter Alkema posted 810 days ago 1560 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our first set of twins love these desks which feature a fixed bench style seat and a shelf underneath the working surface. It’s a very simple but strong and efficient design which I found in a book of woodworking projects. The desks are very hard wearing and once in a while I give them another coat of paint and they look brand new. Eventually I would like to mass produce them for our poor township schools here in South Africa which lack basic equipment like desks(!)

In the meantime I’ll probably just make another two for our second set of twins! ;-)

(And here is the Sketchup Design if anyone wants it)

-- Currently writing a book of woodworking projects see http://www.familywoodworking.co.za





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 810 days ago

Super desk cute twins ,super photos.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Peter Alkema

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#2 posted 810 days ago

Jim you’re quick! Thank you….

-- Currently writing a book of woodworking projects see http://www.familywoodworking.co.za

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BarbS

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#3 posted 810 days ago

Wow, that project was a Winner! What happy kids. Good job.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Bricofleur

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#4 posted 810 days ago

I just love it! As a grandfather, I’m inspired. I was also inspired by your Garden Bench, which I’ll duplicate some day. Thank you so much!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Kalahariuk

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#5 posted 810 days ago

Peter, I am in awe! Keep it up zappy!
Your work is fantastic and your family beautiful !

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Roger

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#6 posted 810 days ago

very very kool. it reminds me of when my twin girls were about that age. we had two school desks, and they would play school each and every day. brings back some gr8 memories. they will be 30 years old in Oct this year. Time sure flies. really gr8 project. I know they have a blast together

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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workerinwood

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#7 posted 809 days ago

Nice job! Like the design. I have been thinking of building some of these for my grandchildren.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 809 days ago

Very nice design – simple and practical.

Very beautiful children too!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Billp

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#9 posted 808 days ago

Seeing those smiley faces made my day. What a good dad and so kind to think of those less fortunate. You do very nice work.,love the garden bench.

-- Billp

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Francois Vigneron

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#10 posted 806 days ago

Nice work Peter. Nice sketchup model. I wanted to build a similar one for our twins but I had no idea what dimensions would be right. Now that you have some experience, what is the appropriate age range ? Did your 4 years old already grew out of it or is it still in use ? Ours are already 2 so I am wondering if I should scale it up or not. Thanks again !

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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Stephew

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#11 posted 760 days ago

Very nice project!
I would want to make somthing like that for my kids, but my wife prefers a little table and a few chairs.
Maybe i can convince her with your pictures;-).

Steven

-- Steven Gauwberg, Belgium, www.houtentiek.be

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#12 posted 401 days ago

Do you have a link to the sketchup design? I really want to make this for my daughter but the link above doesn’t work.

Thanks,
Terri

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