|Project by TampaMark||posted 02-28-2013 10:15 PM||2545 views||15 times favorited||15 comments|
The sister asked for a secretary desk to match her bedroom furniture. Currently, she uses a card table to do all her banking and she wanted a work space that she could close up and hide the mess. She gave me some rough dimensions and left the design up to me. It is made from cherry and cherry plywood. Finish is just a couple of coats of danish oil.
I went back and forth on the desk hardware. I ended up just going with some solid antique brass hinges from Horton Brasses. I ordered some chrome stops from Rockler (item 30741) that would have worked great, but didn’t like the chrome finish with the cherry and brass, so I decided to go without. The bottom supports the desk about 4 inches and it seems pretty secure. If the desk needs support later, I can always add the stops.
The knobs and pulls came through mail-order Lowes and match her bedroom hardware very nicely. Lowe’s screwed up the order by sending 4 matching knobs and 1 different knob. I used the different knob for the desk pull-down and it looks great. My sister won’t even notice.
I still need practice on my dovetails. I use the Leigh D1600 dovetail jig, but don’t use it enough to get really good at them. Thanks for looking.
-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)