Roll Top Desk

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Project by Billp posted 08-04-2013 05:36 PM 1327 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk I made for my grandson Drew. I had some help from my friend and fellow LJ Steven Mines who turned the legs from the stock I gave him. He turned them left and right kind of a nice touch. I also copied an Idea of the PO Box from LJ Jim he said sure go for it. The desk is made from genuine Mahogany, the drawer bottoms are Karelian Birch veneer Dovetails, Finger joints, Double tennons. The tambour is made with a bit from Larry Bird no canvas needed just solid wood. My grandson has seen and he loves it. I’m sure he will cherish it forever. I used four coats of Shellac & five coats of Lacquer on the Legs and four coats of Shellac & five coats of Varnish on the top. Sprayed with HVLP Fuji using target water based products.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 06:29 PM

Wonderful piece and great workmanship
I love the details inside

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 09:15 PM

Super nice build, great desk. I’m sure your grandson will cherish for ever. Nice touch with the P.O. Box door.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 09:45 PM

Turned out fantastic Bill! Of course we knew it wood. The mailbox ‘safe’ compartment is inspired. Love every bit of it… A labor of love. Stephen

-- Stephen Mines (

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 10:18 PM

Wow Bill….that is amazing…excellent job. Steven did a great job on the legs and you did awesome job on the rest. I love tambour tops, I always get a kick out of opening them up, just so cool.

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

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#5 posted 08-05-2013 01:09 AM

Very nice – a real classic. I’m sure it will be treasured. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 01:23 AM

Hello my friend,

A beautiful job. Sure to be an heirloom


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#7 posted 08-05-2013 02:41 AM

Looks great Bill, you did an awesome job! I’m glad to see you liked my mailbox idea enough to do it on your version of the desk. Looks like the same mailbox I used on my desk.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#8 posted 08-05-2013 05:13 AM

Great job

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#9 posted 08-05-2013 04:59 PM

Zonkers Bill, That is sweet.
Looks like it was kind of fun to build too.

Good job Sir,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 08-05-2013 06:05 PM


sure to be an family heirloom for generations.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 08-06-2013 03:28 AM

A wonderful piece. Well done. I hope it stays in your family for many generations.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 06:58 PM

Fine looking desk, very well designed and executed. Gorgeous mahogany and great joinery. Very lucky grandson!

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#13 posted 08-08-2013 04:03 AM

Wonderful job Bill!! The wood is very rich and nicely grained!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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