Writing Desk

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Project by Rxmpo posted 2290 days ago 2032 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a writing desk I made for my wife using Norm’s plans that I completed last year. I convinced my wife that I had to get a dovetail jig to complete the top because it was in the plans!! Well, I can’t remember being any more nervous than I was the day I cut those dovetails in the side pieces for the top, but thankfully it came out ok and my wife is very happy. I used red oak and finished it several coats of Formby’s wipe on varnish.

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#1 posted 2290 days ago

Very Nice!! Looks like that dovetail jig worked well for ya.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 2290 days ago

Looks like it turned out great! Which dovetail jig did you get?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 2290 days ago

This is a nice desk. You did a good job on the dovetailing and the construction. It was a good idea to use the project as leverage for buying the dovetail jig.

Good job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 2290 days ago

It came out great. I would like to take this design and make a tool cabinet.

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#5 posted 2290 days ago

Nice job on the table

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#6 posted 2290 days ago

First Class. A difficult, but rewarding project.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#7 posted 2290 days ago

Beautifully done!

I’ve got a spot for one just like this, but I don’t know if I’m up to the challenge. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 2290 days ago

Excellent job. I’ve never been above using the old “well if I had that tool” angle to build up my inventory. Problem now is I think I’ve bought all of the cheap tools :] Thanks for the post.

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#9 posted 2290 days ago

That is just really sweet. Lots of fine details going on. Good job!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 2290 days ago

Very nice. Do the arms that the top rest on pull out, or do they slide out automatically?

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#11 posted 2290 days ago

Super job: very clean lines. I used to have my Grandfather’s old bureau type desk, but had to sell this when I got a computer. One day I will make a replacement like this.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#12 posted 2289 days ago

Beautiful job, your wife should be very happy. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 2289 days ago

splendid job …I really like your choice of hardware too….Nice to see something other than Brass for a change

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 2289 days ago

Thanks for all the very kind words everyone. Gary- I got the PC 4212 Deluxe 12”. Has worked wonderfully for me so far, but like many aspiring woodworkers I’m trying to learn to cut them by hand…trying is the operative word.

Jon- the tablet top supports are pulled out by hand. As you can see the supports ride along a guide in the frame of the desk that was cut with a router using a straight bit & a V-groove bit to recess the screw head.

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#15 posted 2289 days ago

very beautiful work congratulation

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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