Contemporary Desk - Secretary

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Project by MJCD posted 09-29-2017 11:13 PM 1906 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This post creates a duplicate of the one I posted to the Design Forum, by mistake.

Without wanting to be redundant, this is a European Beech & Walnut desk, with Mortise & Tenon joints, throughout. Additional information can be found in the Design forum post.


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#1 posted 09-29-2017 11:18 PM

Wow !!! this is unique and very nicely done. love the wood , the design everything. bravo
Keep on making saw dust.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 09-29-2017 11:21 PM

Very nice project, love the style!!!

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#3 posted 09-30-2017 01:26 AM

Absolutely stunning design. Well done. The curved legs add great beauty to the desk.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-30-2017 04:24 AM

wow not another cutting board or BOX,thank you buddy,nice to see some some real wood working with real design and creativity!not to knock our cutting board or box guys but geez,enough!thank you for something with inspiration and made my night!beautiful work my 3 I dont care what they think,this is top 1!!!!!!!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 09-30-2017 05:03 AM

Beautiful work MJCD.

Found it:

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#6 posted 09-30-2017 08:49 AM

Great design well worth the 20 hours invested! Nice job!

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#7 posted 09-30-2017 09:30 AM

outstanding craftsmanship – should be Top 1 of the month

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 09-30-2017 01:09 PM

This is a wonderful design and a beautiful desk. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 09-30-2017 08:55 PM

MJCD, that is a great looking desk that somehow reminds me of a Star Trek console. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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#10 posted 09-30-2017 10:18 PM

That is a wonderful eye catching design. I love the futuristic features.

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#11 posted 09-30-2017 10:19 PM

I’m overwhelmed… Thanks(!), All, for the comments and compliments.

Some additional details:
As I mentioned, elsewhere, I’ve had some requests for build details, and I’ll get to this – it’s part of my normal process. Also, others have asked about copying the design – be my guest, but share what you’ve done so that we can all incorporate the ideas.

The most challenging aspect of this piece is layout. Progressive arcs on the legs, and that all joints are M&T, required that I laid-out everything on brown kraft paper – all curves, all joints and mating points. I started with a true 90 degree rectangle 60” x 30”, drew the 2” inset on the front edge (the front is narrower than the back; and then drew the 93” radius arcs. The front arc spans about 24” (the width of the arc); then connected the edge arc using a Costco Cashew Jar Top (it’s a 4.5” diameter circle, which yields a 2.25” radius. It is imperative to get the layout squared-away before you start cutting straight reference surfaces.
The shelf is inset 3/4” from the desk arc, and the risers (which support the shelf) are inset another 1/4”: therefore, the risers are 1” from the desk’s back and sides arc. The risers are angled toward the front center of the desk (I double-side taped a 1” block, with a 1/4” dowel pin affixed to trammel – this allowed for laying-out the risers uniformly pointed at the front center of the desk. The shelf is 5” wide, and about 5/8” thick.
Height is about 28.5”. There is a Base, Support Plinths for the six legs, and 10 risers, overall.

I hope provides some insight into the design details; and I’m happy to provide specific follow-up if anyone is interested.

Everyone, Do Take Care

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#12 posted 09-30-2017 10:39 PM

What a great design. Looks awesome.

-- Julian

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#13 posted 10-01-2017 12:15 AM

Very impressive, futuristic, and functional.
I know it would destroy the appearance but no “modesty” panels?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 10-01-2017 12:24 AM

Oldnovice: good point…; and I don’t know how I would incorporate that???

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#15 posted 10-01-2017 12:29 AM

MJCD don’t know it it required in all states!
I know it was required for work tables in factories.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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