Schoolhouse Desk

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Project by Peter Alkema posted 01-29-2012 09:45 PM 2299 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)

-- Just published my first book - Woodworking for Everyone -

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 09:48 PM

Super desk cute twins ,super photos.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 09:53 PM

Jim you’re quick! Thank you….

-- Just published my first book - Woodworking for Everyone -

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 09:55 PM

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


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#4 posted 01-30-2012 12:51 AM

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!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 01:21 AM

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

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 04:31 AM

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. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 06:30 PM

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 01-31-2012 02:38 AM

Very nice design – simple and practical.

Very beautiful children too!

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

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 06:18 PM

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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#10 posted 02-03-2012 05:55 PM

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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#11 posted 03-19-2012 10:24 PM

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 Gauwberg, Belgium,

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#12 posted 03-14-2013 03:46 PM

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.


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