Shaker Lap Desk

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Project by jerryo posted 04-22-2012 11:29 PM 4417 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of Thos. Moser’s lap desk in his book ” How To Build Shaker Furniture” I modified the plan making mine smaller. This was my first time using dovetails in a project, as you can see I need practice ie the filler, gaps and the oversized pin. Finished with minwax golden pecan stain and polycrylic. Jerry

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 11:50 PM

Nice start Jerry. I made several of these for Xmas one year. They really go over well for gifts. What is the wood that you are using?

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 12:58 PM

Nice looking project. I am looking to make some as well. what is the wood you used? I have some scrap pices of Cherry I think I will use. Also what is teh final dimensions of your lap desk?

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 01:07 PM

Nice project and you did a good job. I bet that you learned a lot too.


-- 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 04-23-2012 02:15 PM

Nice job on this, good looking a well built, that’s a nice addition to any box collection, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 03:27 PM

Thank you all for the compliments. Hi Roger i used 1/2 inch clear pine from Lowes. Irob I think cherry will work very nice. All boards are 1/2 thick. Top 2 pieces are 4 3/8×16 1/4, 12 1/2×16 1/4, back 4 1/2h x 16L, sides 4 1/2h x 16 1/2. I used a piece of 1/2 ply for the bottom. If you want i could send you the plans from the book.

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#6 posted 05-18-2012 03:32 AM

Nice job Jerry. Glad to see you are jumping into dovetails. Keep it up.

-- Stevo

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 06:36 PM

Would you mind sending me a copy of the plans?

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#8 posted 11-14-2013 03:05 AM

Very nice lap desk!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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