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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 285 days ago 4302 views 10 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw my first lap desk at the reenactment of the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon of 1790 in Lafayette, ind. this fall. They had many varieties of them and most had a square hole for the ink well. I thought it would be nice to have one when I’m out away from home and want to do some design work. I can carry all the materials inside. I made mine a bit more modern.

They scrapped these old wine crates at the party store where my daughter worked and she asked if they would be of any use to me. I never say no to free wood so I chucked them in the wood room for a future project and this is it. The crates were pretty rough and with the inked writing on them that I wanted to preserve, I could not sand them at all. I tried to center the wording on each piece but some got cut away with the tapered sides

The box is built with lock miter corners so I really did not need a spline to hold it together, but this is the project for which I built the X spline jig. The sides are 3/8” French wood?? and the bottom is 1/4” of the same. The top is 5/8” wood that I built my second folding stool out of and I don’t know what is it but it is light weight. I veneered all the sides so the end grain did not show.

I like special features so I put in a pencil drawer that is held in with 2- 10mm rare earth magnets. The brass pull has a 40 cal shell front soldered to it just for looks. Then when you take out the drawer, there is a hole for you to push out the inner panel which is a hidden dollar bill tray. It is held in with 2 of the same magnets.
The bottom has a pocket milled in that is 1×3 x 1/8 deep so you can pick up paper easily. The top has a pencil groove milled in with a wide spot to pick up the pencil easily

The splines are walnut. I had to cut and finish one half and then load the box in the fixture and cut the other half and finish it. That is the only sanding I could do without ruining the lettering. It is finished with Satin poly but the surface is not all that smooth. That’s okay because I foresee some rough use for it.

The last shot is the desk before I glued on the top. It is located with 2 dowels and just glued together.
It is 3 5/8” x 12 3/8” x 13 3/8”

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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nomercadies

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#1 posted 285 days ago

Beautiful. That never would have jumped from my mind. So interesting.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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brianadams

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#2 posted 285 days ago

Very unique, Jim!

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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BusterB

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#3 posted 285 days ago

Nice build buddy. Can always tell the well to do woodworkers…if I was to stage a pic like that…it would actually be dollar bills or more likely monopoly money….lol Another fine job sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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kiefer

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#4 posted 285 days ago

Interesting build with some unique character build in .
Great up cycle job my friend .
Love the original printing ,well done .

-- Kiefer 松

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grizzman

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#5 posted 285 days ago

really nice box here jim, its always a bit fun making something for yourself one in awhile, especially when it will be used to further your woodwork…i like the corner splines…thanks…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 285 days ago

Jim, what a novel project. Thanks for sharing it with us. Not all things from the past are obsolete as you just proved.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 285 days ago

Jim, most wood with stamped ink has a lot of character, looks like you gave this one a name. Well done and very useful.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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tyvekboy

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#8 posted 285 days ago

Nice lap desk. I wish I has a supply of wooden wine boxes like you do. Now we know what the X-Spline jig was used for. Thanks for posting.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 285 days ago

COOL Lap Desk!

Love the design features!
... Back storage box & Secret box!
... Nice feature to make it easier to grab a pencil!
... COOL lil shallowing area so to get individual sheets of paper picked up!
... Perfect use of a wine box! Looks like expensive wine!

Is that an old Screen Door latch to keep the Top down?! :)

COOL… Very COOL project!

A Modern Day version of the Thomas Jefferson lap writing desk! (smile)

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Cliff

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#10 posted 285 days ago

I like the character that recycling has, It is a really nice looking Box…..the printing adds to the mystique of the finished project…...helps preserve an old world charm….....Don’t forget those Dollar Bills hidden away inside!!!!! you could buy a pack of MOLSON or COORS BEER and ponder on the history of old wine crates while sipping on a cold beer. A good Friday evening project!!!!!!

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia

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Doe

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#11 posted 285 days ago

That is really cool and I love the Jakosh Spline!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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stefang

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#12 posted 285 days ago

Nice work Jim with some neat features. I like the way the X splines match the X’s on the end of ‘Bordeaux’ on the sides. Not to sure about the secret compartment for the money though as I’m sure a thief would want to take the whole box, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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aussiedave

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#13 posted 285 days ago

Very nice project of recycling Jim… the pencil draw and the hidden money tray is very cool indeed. I see you have your X spline jig at work again, looks really good…

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

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poospleasures

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#14 posted 285 days ago

Very neat. I just love all your ingenuity with all the cubbies and using the printed sides. X splines really look good.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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Roger

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#15 posted 285 days ago

Luv it Jim. Really like the hidden compartment also. Gr8 thinking, and designing.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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