Lap Desk Christmas Present

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Project by Steve Cherry posted 01-03-2014 03:15 AM 1289 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had wanted to make this for my wife for Christmas but didn’t think I’d have the time. There was an open week at work though so I took a weeks vacation and worked feverishly. Got it done in time and she was very pleased. It was a Woodsmith plan, but I simplified it and didn’t do it exactly according to the plan. Even with the mistakes I made, I’m pretty pleased with it. The nicest thing is that I was pretty sure my wife would like it, and it is very gratifying to walk through the living room and see her sitting there peacefully reading with her book propped up on her lap desk. Or seeing her pull out the lap desk and use it to write in her journal or a note to a friend. I’ve make a couple of woodworking projects in the past as gifts where I really didn’t take into consideration the needs or desires of the person the gift was intended for and my feelings were hurt when the person didn’t appreciate my project. Now I’m much more careful to consider the personality of the person the gift is intended for. All of my family members got pens this year also which they liked a lot.

The wood is Sapele. Was supposed to be Mahogany, but Sapele was half the price. Finished with three coats of Formby’s low gloss tung oil finish.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 03:57 AM

very nice

-- Owen, Lethbridge, Alberta

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 04:08 AM

Great looking work.

Where I get my lumber, Mahogany and Sapele are the same price.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 07:44 AM

Steve, nice work. Great finish, good edges, nice design. I especially like the inside divisions. They look well thought out. Just by way of sharing ideas…this was my take on a lap top.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 01:01 PM

You Sir are 100% correct. No hurt feelings needed here. Cheers!

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 03:58 PM

It turned out nicely and she sure does look happy with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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 01-04-2014 01:15 AM

This is really cool. Love the design. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 02:58 AM

Thank you all.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 01:28 PM

Great work Steve; I like the Great finish, good edges, Bread box ends and the nice design, and that is a slick little drawer on the side. Her smile says it ALL.Have a great day. O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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