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Jefferson Desk

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Project by Aries Bergsma posted 486 days ago 1269 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While we were away on our holiday I read an article about the Thomas Jefferson desk which was designed by Jefferson and built by a cabinet maker in Philadelphia. The original desk which weighs a mere 5 lbs. is in the Smithonian. Jefferson used this desk for about 50 years, it was used to formulate the Declaration of Independance. It intrigued me and I thought I would construct one using all recycled materials. The main writing surface is made of poplar the main case is made from pine, the bracket holding the writing pad is made from 1/8 inch oak. Due to the thickness of the wood and to maintain the weight and originality I had to grind the screws down to make sure they did not penetrate through the other side of the wood. I used an old brass kitchen cupboard handle for the drawer, the face of the drawer in Staghorn Sumac. The project took me about 13 hours to build as I only had a photo and description to go by, my next project will be the Jefferson rotating book shelf.

-- AGB





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The Box Whisperer

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#1 posted 486 days ago

that is very slick, nice dovetails too.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 486 days ago

Great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 486 days ago

That’s an awesome piece. Deserves top 3 status.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Amoc

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#4 posted 485 days ago

The Origanal LapTop. Nicely done!

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 485 days ago

That’s a wonderful piece. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#6 posted 483 days ago

Beautiful and unique piece. Great execution and joinery. Superb work!

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Schwieb

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#7 posted 473 days ago

I like this project and have marked it as a favorite. I’ll have to research this a little more and then come up with my own version. Thanks for posting. This is very nice work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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