a small writing desk start to finish #1: design and drawing

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Blog entry by drewnahant posted 03-17-2011 03:47 AM 1477 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been thinking about making something in a more classical style for a while. The decision of what to make was actually an afterthought, im building it mostly for fun and practice, so I was more concerned with style, technique, and joinery, but here’s the criteria I came up with

-Incorporate turning ( I enjoy turning, but have never actually turned a set of spindles, legs, or any other kind of matching set)
-Mortise and tennon joinery ( I’m in the middle of building a pantorouter, if you havent seen this tool, check it out)
- Bent lamination ( I have done a little, as seen in my full size desk project, and want to play with it some more)
-Play with finishing techniques
-Small – since I dont need a piece of furniture, it is probably going to be stored, though I have considered trying to put it in the window of my cousin’s knitting store and trying to sell it.

I considered building a reproduction piece, but I like designing myself, so I avoided any research, I dont want to take ideas or examples from anything, so I designed from just what I had on my mind, what I think will be a classical look.

I eventually decided on a small writing desk, and after a few nights of laying in bed, picturing the design elements I want, I think I have it settled. It is probably more of a mix of different periods, and definitely has some contemporary influence, but this is what I came up with:

Now I just have to decide on a wood species, and a finish. Im pretty sure I want to use real leather for the insert in the writing top, but I have also considered bookmatched burl veneer.

opinions and suggestions appreciated.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 05:30 PM

This is a nice looking concept. I look forward to the build blog!


I should have looked at the title bar, this is the first in the series….apparently I need more than 5 hours of sleep:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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