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03-28-2010 05:25 PM

I would like to build this desk, does anyone have plans for the design of the desk. More specifically the dimensions regarding the under structure.

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 02:20 AM

No, but youi made me curious. Ii fgoogled:

May have to do your own ? Looks pretty straight forward.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 02:59 AM

I have been to Taliesin. It’s a great place to visit. I have seen this desk (assuming you are referencing the one linked by Topa). I swear I could build one without the plans and I would charge a lot less than $8250.

If you are anywhere near Wisconsin, you may want to visit yourself. Note – they are a little fussy about taking pictures or measurements but you can look all you want. I was more focused on looking at the lamps the last time I was there.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 04:00 PM

I’m building the Taliesin desk as my dining room table. I built the top to fit our dining room, using the Golden Mean to get the dimensions right. Then I built 4×4 QSWO legs. With the top upside down, I drew the layout to scale to make sure that two chairs would fit side by side between the legs on the long side. No plans, just laying stuff out as I go, based on predetermined critical dimensions. Some dimensions came from ergonomic studies of table dimensions (e.g. 30” high), but I eyeballed things like the side overhangs and the leg dimensions came from trying to balance the heavy breadboard ends.

It looks intimidating at first, but if you just start somewhere, with a dimension, the rest will fall into place. For example, 4×4 legs make the stretchers 1 1/2 to look right, which makes the spindles 3/4 for the same reason. The exact dimensions aren’t really necessary as long as the proportions are right and the levels create shadow lines. Notice all of my dimensions are easy to reach when starting with 4/4 stock.

Here’s my blog. Keep in mind that I haven’t progressed past the legs, so all of my advice is totally theoretical at this point. Isn’t there some saying about the value of free advice?

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