Slant Top Desk Build

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Blog entry by MPython posted 07-30-2019 08:06 PM 834 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted a blog entry earlier about gluing up thin panels for a frame-and-panel back for a slant top desk I’m building. The back is complete and I’ve been working on the web frame for the drawers and the interior of the desk. I’ve cut and fitted the drawer dividers and runners. I have joined the top to the sides with half blind dovetails and I’ve glued up the panel for the writing surface. Installing the writing surface was a challenge. It is joined to the sides with housed sliding dovetails. The fit is snug, so sliding it into place with glue was no small feat. I found that long parallel clamps are my friend. Using the clamping force, I was able to slide the panel into the housed dovetail sockets a couple of inches at at time. When I got it about 2/3 of the way in, I applied liquid hide glue to the last 8 inches or so of the dovetail socket in the back and to the tails in the front and cranked it home. The liquid hide glue gave me enough working time to get it done and the clamps worked like a charm. Whew! Here are some photos:

Before I ran out of gas today, I made the little dividers that define the channel for the lopers (the pull-outs that support the slant top when it’s open). They are located at each end of the top drawer opening and are dovetailed into the writing surface and the top drawer divider.

Tomorrow I’ll glue in the rest of the drawer dividers and runners. I have cut and dimensioned the boards for the case bottom and I’ll join it to the case sides with housed sliding dovetails just like the writing surface. After that, I’ll glue on 1/4” thick strips to hide the joinery in the front and complete the French feet and bottom scroll. That should complete the case. The drawers are next, followed lastly by the gallery, which is a project in itself. Stay tuned.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-31-2019 11:56 AM

It’s coming along nicely.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 08-12-2019 06:39 PM

Looks good so far. I like the sliding dovetails.

-- Petey

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