Lap Desk

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Project by balidoug posted 873 days ago 1550 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my effort at the lap desk that was featured in the 9/10 2000 issue of FWW. It is a very late Christmas present for my son, but almost on time for his birthday. The article used a plywood core, but I don’t know how to veneer, so I used Mahonie Jawa. The contrasting drawer front is Suar. Joints on the box are mitred dovetails so it might just survive leaving the tropics when the boy goes off to school next year. Made by hand.

The impossible dream

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 872 days ago

Well done. A really useful birthday present.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Francois Vigneron

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#2 posted 872 days ago

Better than a computer !

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

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#3 posted 872 days ago

I love lap desks; they are so useful. It’s very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 872 days ago

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 872 days ago

Nice job! I’m sure he will get some great use out of this.

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 872 days ago

What a great gift and and a beautiful piece of work.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#7 posted 872 days ago

Lovely desk, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 859 days ago

I wish I didn’t know how to veneer, then I could make something as nice as this in solid wood. A great looking build, rugged and nicely featured.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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