Small roll top desk in red oak for a Granddaughter

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Project by BryanatWoodstock posted 01-16-2014 12:00 PM 5509 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a free plan online from Woodsmith. I made 2 changes , the addition of a drawer by increasing leg length 2”. I made an interlocking 3/4” thick tambour in place of a canvas backed tambour. Drawer box is dovetailed and the desk organizer drawers are box joint. I used a Fuji semi pro 2 to spray satin lacquer.

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 12:21 PM

WOW. Yep that’s about it. WOW

Really like the way you did tambour.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 01:47 PM

I concur. Awesome piece of furniture.

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 03:28 PM

that is crazy! great job

-- I don't always have soft hands....but when I do its because I just left the woodshop.

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 04:37 PM

very nice, something she will be proud of years from now.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 10:43 PM

That is really nice, Grams will be happy as you should be as well.

-- 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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#6 posted 01-17-2014 01:01 AM

How did you do the inter-locking tambour? Does it function as well as a canvass backed one?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 04:31 AM

Great looking desk, I’m sure it will be treasured all of her life.

-- Billp

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 06:35 AM

You can buy router bit sets to make up to 5/8” thick interlocking slats for tambours. Amana, Rockler, Sharpco has them. I made up a cutter for my shaper head by regrinding Craftsman TS moulding head cutters to make the ball of a 3/4” thick tambour. I prefer using the cutters in the shaper with a power feeder instead of the TS. The socket is done by 1st cutting a 1/4” slot on the TS, then passing the slot over a 1/2” diameter HSS 1/4” shaft core box cutter router bit. The router bit shaft is guided by the 1/4” slot . I round over the inside bottom edges of the slot with a beading bit.

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#9 posted 01-21-2014 03:20 PM

Fine looking furniture! Awesome design, very well executed especially the tambour. Beautiful wood and finish, an heirloom piece for sure. Very lucky grand daughter!

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#10 posted 01-24-2014 02:45 PM

Final pic! Granddaughter with her new desk, & looks happy with it!

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