|Project by AgentTwitch||posted 01-02-2013 at 12:32 AM||1378 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a recently completed writing desk that I made for a teenager named Bella. They wanted to finish the desk themselves as a project so my work was done after sanding to 220. She wanted a shaker style writing desk with 2 drawers that was 4 feet wide and about 2 feet deep. So, with the rest of the decisions left to me, I chose white ash for the carcase and top, poplar for the drawer slides and cherry pulls. I like the look of inset drawers, and 4 way tapered legs so that is the way I went.
I really liked making the drawers, probably because I got to play with my new Veritas 35th anniversary stainless steel marking gauge! These were the first half blind dovetails I have cut and it was a lot of fun. The drawer backs are full dovetailed and the drawer bottoms slide in through the back. I referenced the Finewoodworking Dovetail Video series quite a bit for suggestions on the dovetails. Ended up hogging out the waste between the pins with a forstner bit on the drill press, that worked well for me. The through dovetails and half blind tails were cut with a hand saw, coping saw and chisels.
Other details…Mortise and tenon for legs to stretchers, single board for the front apron and drawer fronts, pegged bread board ends using home made ash dowels and lots and lots of sanding.
Thanks for looking
-- Regards, Norm