Roll top desk for a Mac

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Project by BryanatWoodstock posted 11-01-2012 08:41 PM 3444 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last December I bought some 4/4 oak, all 4” wide, old stock being cleared out by a trim manufacturing guy. He estimated it was 300 bd ft for $1 bd ft. By the 1st week of February I started the desk, using the plan from FWW with some modifications so my Mac would fit inside. Got it done by the last day of March.

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#1 posted 11-01-2012 08:50 PM

Beautiful work.

May I ask: what do you call those clamps in picture 5? The ones holding the timber flat?

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#2 posted 11-01-2012 08:55 PM

Supreme craftsmanship.

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#3 posted 11-01-2012 08:59 PM

Very creative! Great finish and ideal.

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#4 posted 11-01-2012 09:50 PM

De-Staco brand hold down toggle clamps, also make great handles to hold onto while passing the raised panel past the cutterhead. Because of the odd shape I had to build a jig and free hand it. The rest I used the shapers fence and power feed them past the cutter. Hard to tell the whole story in 6 pictures.

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#5 posted 11-01-2012 10:36 PM

That is stunning. Wow

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 10:36 PM

Nice job, I love roll top desks. What issue is it in? Also what size screen do you have in there? We have a Mac and I’ve thought about making a roll top for it.


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#7 posted 11-01-2012 11:14 PM

Wow. One day…..

-- "The more we think we know about, the greater the unknown." Neil Peart

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 11:46 PM

Mac is 27” . Issue is FWW December 1989 . FWW members can get a pdf off the website . I added 6” to the roll top height, extra 4” in knee hole width and pedestals are 2” wider to accommodate roll out for printer or scanner.

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#9 posted 11-02-2012 06:37 AM

wooh! Nice piece.

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#10 posted 11-02-2012 10:27 AM

Really nice

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 11-02-2012 11:07 AM

I love roll top
great job

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#12 posted 11-02-2012 12:47 PM

Nevermind the Mac…what model is that rotary land-line phone? ;-)

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#13 posted 11-02-2012 01:17 PM

Fantastic! Nice workmanship.

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#14 posted 11-02-2012 05:08 PM

That’s beautiful. My wife wants it…

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#15 posted 11-07-2012 02:11 PM

Beautiful desk. Very nice work. I love the look of a roll top desk.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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