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Project by atogrf1 posted 06-18-2013 03:21 PM 1853 views 22 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made as a Christmas present for my sister-in-law who is a journalist.

It is inspired by some c.1820’s writing slopes that I researched.

It is made from Sapele Mahogany. The top is veneered with Waterfall Bubinga. The writing surface is leather.

With all of the moving parts and angles on this, I have to say that it is the most challenging thing I have ever built. The leather actually acts as the hinge for the lid to the storage area inside the slope.

She loved it. And that made Christmas even better.

Thanks for looking!!!!

-Nick-





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SirFatty

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 03:32 PM

That’s fantastic… going in my favorites.

One of the first things I made back when I was a kid, was a version of this desk for my mom.

Nicely done.

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 03:52 PM

Beautiful work… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 06-18-2013 04:07 PM

Wonderful !

-- Jim, Ca, jimlbenson@comcast.net

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#4 posted 06-18-2013 05:07 PM

What a fantastic piece! Great work!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 06:37 PM

Looks identical to the one Roy Underhill copied on one of his episodes of The Woodwright’s Shop. How is the leather secured/adhered to the wood?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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atogrf1

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#6 posted 06-18-2013 06:48 PM

Thank you all.

I would love to see his slope. I have only seen one episode of Woodwright’s Shop. Do you have a link?

I used spray adhesive 90 to hold the leather to the wood. I call the company and they said it was safe for leather. It came out really well and didn’t bleed through or anything.

Here is where I went to get ideas for it. I used bits and pieces from a few different types.

http://www.hygra.com/writing.html

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#7 posted 06-18-2013 09:27 PM

Below is the link to the vid. It’s only a 5 minute clip, not the whole episode. And the PBS website for his show only goes back about 6 years and doesn’t contain this episode in it’s entirety.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtmHLVmWWFc

Here’s another lap desk episode of his, but the above one closely resembles what you’ve made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOcMt2FloWI

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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atogrf1

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#8 posted 06-18-2013 09:32 PM

Awesome. I will check it out. Thanks.

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#9 posted 06-18-2013 09:36 PM

I’m a big Roy Underhill fan…..in case you haven’t noticed. Anyway your desk is very nice, I’ll have to try and copy it someday.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 06-19-2013 04:21 AM

Beautiful piece (and well photographed)!

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

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#11 posted 06-19-2013 10:20 AM

Wow. My sister in law would be lucky if I made her a new broom handle. That is magnificent. Don’t let either of my sisters see it, they would both want one. You have inspired me though because I would love one for myself. Are the plans available anywhere?

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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atogrf1

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#12 posted 06-19-2013 12:11 PM

Thank you very much!!!!

Unfortunately, I didn’t draw up any official plans.
I kinda just went by photographs of the original pieces and some sketches I made along the way.

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#13 posted 06-19-2013 04:19 PM

Great job a real beauty! Love the wood.

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

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#14 posted 06-19-2013 07:41 PM

Outstanding!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#15 posted 06-20-2013 03:17 AM

A really beautiful piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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