Captain's Writing Desk

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Project by wuddoc posted 08-27-2018 01:11 AM 1428 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An old looking captain’s (ships pirate) writing desk was built in the Wood Buddies Shop for my nephew’s four year old son who is apprenticing as a future pirate. To make sure the lid would not fall on his fingers or other body parts when reaching into the desk, curved friction lid supports were installed. Following the theme of old furniture, contact newsprint was placed on desk and drawer bottoms. His first name is lasered into the back rail. Heated hide glue was used on all joinery. #8 flat Phillip head screws of various lengths were used per drawing.

Since we wanted to make sure the drawer fronts stayed on no matter the use or abuse, 1/16” dowels were installed through the drawer side into the rabbet of the drawer front on each side. The drawer bottoms slide in and are secured from sliding out by a screw through the bottom into the back end of the drawer. We do this in case a bowling ball is dropped into a drawer or in his case heavy pirate treasure breaks through the bottom. Then it is simple to replace.

The plans came from Woodcraft FD-168 Captains Writing Desk Item #151557. White drawer knobs are 7/8” diameter porcelain located on The interior old fashion advertising newsprint in the desk interior and also on the drawer bottoms were purchased through
The left and right Friction Lid Supports-Curved came from Rockler while the hinges and 1” steel glides came from Lowe’s.

The stain used was Minwax English Chestnut # 233 while the clear finish coat was three applications of Homer Formby’s low gloss Tung oil. Steel 0000 wool was used to rub the finish after coats one and two. The final protection was Johnson’s furniture paste wax applied then buffed.

-- Wuddoc

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 02:04 AM

That’s a very interesting looking desk. So very close to a Shaker sewing desk with the work area, and drawer arrangement, yet this piece is decidedly masculine. Nice build, so what does the young Cap’n have to say about it?

Good on you for looking out for his body parts.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 04:07 AM

Really nice work. Makes me want to say ARrrrrr. Nah, actually I’m a lousy pirate, but that’s gorgeous desk. Real keepsake.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 01:27 PM

Nice results and a unique and functional piece of furniture.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 01:40 PM

So cool! This is one of my bucket list projects….

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 08-27-2018 06:36 PM

A cool piece! I appreciated the close up of the drawer fronts.

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#6 posted 08-27-2018 09:58 PM

Pretty nice desk there Skippy. It really is a great piece.

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#7 posted 08-27-2018 10:38 PM

That is a really cool little desk. I haven’t seen those before. I was just getting into the design phase of my own large office desk and I love that little “drawers to the side” design. I might have to toy with something like that for mine! Thanks!

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#8 posted 08-27-2018 10:39 PM

Great build, thank you for sharing this project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 08-28-2018 03:46 AM

Doubled back to check, and as I figured they awarded a 3. Congrats on that, well deserved.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 09-04-2018 06:40 PM

Very neat design, I love it, and gratz on daily 3

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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