Architect's Table

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Project by Scott Barron posted 09-08-2019 08:28 PM 898 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk is based on Tom Fidgen’s Architect’s Table from his book “The Unplugged Woodshop”. Tom’s design is awesome, but I thought it would look a little heavy sitting in my smaller office so I lightened things up a bit. Overall it worked out pretty well, but I think I went a bit too far on the curved stays. The desk is sturdy enough to use as intended, but I wouldn’t sit on the top! Leaving the stays thicker and wider would probably have been better.

The base is cherry and the top is maple with curly walnut breadboard ends.The curved stays are each made of three pieces of maple, assembled using dominos. The dominos are drawbored (that was fun) with walnut dowels.

The top locks in place flat (parallel to the floor) or at an angle using brass pins with some walnut handles I turned. I haven’t turned in a couple years so they’re not the best looking (and only vaguely match!) so I’ll probably redo them at some point.

Finished with Osmo Polyx satin. I hadn’t used it before, but it went pretty well and I’ll probably use it again.

Now it needs a stool!

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#1 posted 09-09-2019 01:50 AM

Beautiful table. Nice work.

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#2 posted 09-09-2019 03:06 AM

It is not made to sit on. It is really lovely. I have done an artists drawing table that I was proud of. And what you have done in really lovely.

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#3 posted 09-09-2019 07:31 PM

I really like this, wish i had room in my house for one

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#4 posted 09-11-2019 02:41 AM

That table looks great! I spent quite a few years as an architectural draftsman, and have always wanted to build my own drafting table. Good inspiration!

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#5 posted 09-28-2019 04:13 PM

I love this piece. Definitely on my short list.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 11-10-2019 06:52 PM

What are we going to do about plans for a stool?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 11-10-2019 10:37 PM

Beautiful table. Love the details and the mix of woods. I have Fidgen’s book too so this might be a nice Winter project.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 02-09-2020 09:52 PM

I just ordered Tom’s book and plan to make this, I’m with you and will probably modify it slightly. Not planning on purchasing any wood, going to use my scraps I think I have enough Mahogony, Maple, Hickory, Paduk, Redwood & Walnut to complete it. Should be an interesting look.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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