Writing Desk

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Project by Rxmpo posted 05-21-2008 05:44 AM 2287 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 05-21-2008 06:06 AM

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

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 06:54 AM

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 05-21-2008 12:34 PM

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 05-21-2008 01:19 PM

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

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 01:29 PM

Nice job on the table

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#6 posted 05-21-2008 02:21 PM

First Class. A difficult, but rewarding project.

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

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 02:26 PM

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 05-21-2008 03:12 PM

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 05-21-2008 04:57 PM

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

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 05-21-2008 07:01 PM

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

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#11 posted 05-21-2008 10:04 PM

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 05-21-2008 11:42 PM

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 05-22-2008 12:56 AM

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 05-22-2008 07:22 AM

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 05-22-2008 06:11 PM

very beautiful work congratulation

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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