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I found this on Charles Neils Master woodworking forum
I could never Imagine where to start with such a unbelievably beautiful desk and then there’s the interior out of this world mechanisms .

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 07:24 PM

The imagination and craftsmanship is astounding. The human race is amazing!

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 07:39 PM

Yes Jim, a real piece of art and technology. A great inspiration too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 08:37 PM

Looks like something Roger Bean could knock up!

The family history of the various pieces of furniture made by Father and sons is an interesting read if you want to take the time.

I think from memory in the history there is also a current value figure on the desk.
A skill I guess the sheer labour costs would make almost inconceiable in todays situation.

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 08:44 PM

Way cool, and I can’t even imagine the amount of time and effort involved in building that… just the engineering and fabrication of the mechanisms alone would be a job in itself.


-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 09:30 PM

One of the coolest pieces of furniture I’ve ever seen.
Maybe it could be your next project after your done wit your clock Mike ? :))

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 04:49 PM

Thanks Jim
I have seen this before but it’s a good reminder to watch it again .
Pieces like this are rare and we should appreciate them more .


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#7 posted 11-29-2015 04:55 PM

That is pretty darn awesome.

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#8 posted 11-30-2015 10:36 AM

it is really good work of art. this furniture is really look cool and amazing. i can use this in my home decor projects

-- Rohit, India,

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 03:15 PM

I think I can get one done by Saturday. Ha! Most impressive and done with hand tools, too. I recall seeing a rather ornate desk similar to this but without all the mechanisms. The crafter said it took 1,400 hours to complete it.

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#10 posted 11-30-2015 05:08 PM

I’ve seen that one. Amazing.
If you look at the related videos there are others like it.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#11 posted 11-30-2015 06:20 PM

Think I’ll fold up my tent & go home….

-- JFS.brand (woodworker) Northville, MI

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#12 posted 11-30-2015 06:47 PM

Yep, it and others have been discussed on here before, and Jim commented on a few, so I guess we’re spamming another forum…...

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#13 posted 12-22-2015 11:55 AM

It definitely is the Dr. Gadget of cabinetry

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#14 posted 12-22-2015 12:37 PM

Also have to remember – no power tools, no CNC, most likely no electricity in the shop at all. The 1700’s, remember? The mechanisms would have been hand cut steel and filed into place, one piece at a time. Same with the lock mechanisms and such. Guys sitting at benches carving and inlaying marquetry by oil lamps.

I bet it was way more than father and son. Most likely a lot of the simple stuff was farmed out to whatever staff they had. (Not that there is much “simple” stuff).

And I would imagine it was a commission that took at least one to two years.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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