Journey Back to 1776 #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by woodchick posted 04-04-2009 03:42 PM 1105 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I am going to start working on my design for my project in progress. I know that your probably wondering, so what is this project in progress, well have you ever wanted to go back in time and experience building something that a person, who will be famous in time, will use. Even make something that is used to write a document that gives each and every human being in the United States freedom. Well that is exactly what I am going to make, a replica of the lab top desk that our one and only Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on. In this design there just so happens to be dove tails through out the whole project, which I have never done before. Today I will also spend some time watching videos on how to do dove tails so I can get a feel for what I am going to be doing. —- woodchick

-- How much wood could a wood chick chuck if a wood chick could chuck wood?

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#1 posted 04-04-2009 03:51 PM

Good luck with your project – keep us informed as it progresses.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#2 posted 04-04-2009 04:45 PM

I am also building the Thomas Jefferson desk but without the dovetails. I had trouble locating the hardware. I couldn’t find the 3/4” hinge that was wider than 5/16” (per leaf) and the lock I bought has a throw that is 1/4”. This is too long because the material is only 5/16” thick. Are you using the FWW plans? Let’s compare notes!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 04:28 PM

Thanks Don for responding to my blog. I’m doing the dove tails because I’m not using any plans, I’m kind of making my own design, but looking at the original lab top desk that Ben Randall made. I tried to find the original plans that were were designed by Ben Randal, but water damaged them. Do to that problem I am designing my own version by looking at all of the photos of the piece that way I can draw it out with the measurements that I found (14.25×10 x 3.5”).

P.S. Are you making the desk that is located on your page? I am making the lab top desk that Thomas Jefferson used to write the Declaration of Independence on, while traveling.

-- How much wood could a wood chick chuck if a wood chick could chuck wood?

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 10:30 PM

That’s quite an ambitious adventure you are taking on, can’t wait to see the end result.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 04-06-2009 12:16 AM

This going to be a adventure.

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 03:58 AM

I made one in high school, don’t remember the dimensions ( size of a briefcase) And It wasn’t the style that Thomas Jefferson had but it served it’s purpose. Wish I had pictures.

Well I cant wait to see how it comes out. I’ll be watching.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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