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Project by Randy Sharp posted 441 days ago 2019 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plans for this project came from a Woodsmith Shop television episode. Click here for the preview video and free plans!

The size proportions are perfect for a laptop computer station or as a designated place to keep the home finances in order.

The primary purpose for building this project was to get some experience in building a tambour, in preparation for building a full-size desk later this year.

It is constructed of red oak, rather than the program’s recommended cherry build. The project took about 20 labor hours and requires intermediate experience.

As a note, I have found Woodsmith Shop plans are particularly easy to read, understand and follow. Because the plans include detailed graphics, their projects are perfect for beginners (and goof-uppers like me).

Thanks for looking!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.





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JSB

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#1 posted 441 days ago

Great job man. How difficult was the tambour?

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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Jose A.Berenguer

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#2 posted 441 days ago

Very nice and proportional.

-- In fine furniture 10% of the work, takes 90% of the time. www.berenguerfurniture.com

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 441 days ago

I just watched that one. Looks good. I would like to build one some day, but it will have to be a paying customer because I have no need for one.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Tooch

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#4 posted 441 days ago

great craftsmanship and it looks really nice in the space. the overall finish looks fantastic also… is that Special Walnut? did you go with lacquer, poly, or a rubbed finish?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Randy Sharp

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#5 posted 441 days ago

Thnak you all for the kind comments.

Jay, the first attempt of the tambour flopped. I learned that the canvas needs at least three coats of contact cement. A single coat won’t do it. The fabric needs to be “sealed” with multiple coats. I was surprised to find, though, the cement didn’t bleed through to the back (nor the stain). I applied one and two slats at a time and it worked great. And, I was able to use the same slats on the second attempt, so no lost work.

Tooch, amazing eye! It is actually Cabot’s “Dark Walnut.” It is a bit thicker than Minwax and I didn’t leave it on very long before wiping the excess off. It was my first use of The Cabot brand, available at Lowe’s. I’ll use it again!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 441 days ago

I am so tempted! I have always wanted one, but have neglected to build… Well done.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 441 days ago

Beautiful desk Randy…really good craftsmanship, you must be proud of that project…...Well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Woodbridge

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#8 posted 441 days ago

You’ve create a great desk. Pieces like this become family heirlooms that are used and enjoyed for many year to come. I’m looking forward to seeing you next version.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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HillbillyShooter

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#9 posted 441 days ago

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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SquintyPolock

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#10 posted 441 days ago

Sweet! A desk to hide all the household paperwork inside. It’s really beautiful.

-- It's all in a day's work...

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Billp

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#11 posted 441 days ago

Randy your desk looks great. I’m in the process of building one right now. I’m using interlocking tambours, no canvas. I only hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

-- Billp

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shopmania

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#12 posted 441 days ago

Really nice execution. Saw the show on this, and I would love to build one. Congrats on a job well done!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Ken90712

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#13 posted 441 days ago

Well done, Great desk and love watching that show…. Never miss one along with rough cut as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Francois Vigneron

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#14 posted 441 days ago

Lovely desk. Thanks for the link to the free plan.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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Luke

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#15 posted 441 days ago

Good job. It looks like it might be a challenge to get a computer on/in there. Good luck on the full size!

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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