Simple Writing Desk #5: And now I need ideas!

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Blog entry by Rick posted 05-16-2012 11:15 PM 1258 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For anyone who might be interested to help, my wife said she needs a bookcase to go with this. So, I’m open for ideas on basic design.

Since the desk is so simple in basic design, I was thinking I’d do something just as basic. We decided on dimensions of ~76” h x 36”w x 12”d. Given the tapered legs of the desk, and the medallion inlay, we thought we’d duplicate the medallion, but I don’t know if I want to just taper very short legs at the bottom of the bookcase, or attempt some other type of design element. I’m beginning to play with sketchup on it, but nothing really pops yet.

So… All shelves? Some drawers? Maybe pencil drawers half-way, and a couple filing drawers? Hmmm…

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 12:43 AM

At over 6 feet tall, it won’t be all that stable at 12 inches deep. I’d go 18 deep with doors on a base section, up to table height, them go book shelves from there, sort of like a sideboard and hutch would look. The extra room on the top of the base gives a place for putting books while you sort them into the right shelf and an excellent place to display those ornate coffee table books. The base cabinet provides for stationery and such on moveable shelves inside, out of sight. For ease of moving, it could be made in two pieces and fastened with nuts and bolts.


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#2 posted 05-20-2012 06:22 PM

Thanks for the ideas, guys – sorry to just get back to this. Our daughter had graduation Thursday night, and her Grad party on Saturday, so it’s been non-stop for a few days. Jonathan – thanks SO much for throwing in the pic. It’s helped us think about it.

The initial dimensions came from the standard sizes in “The Complete Book of Woodworking”. However, since the desk doesn’t have drawers, and thinking about Paul’s thoughts on stability, we thought we’d duplicate the bow-tie medallion on the top rail like Jonathan shows.

Then about mid-way (most likely table-height) we may put 1-2 rows of pencil drawers (4” ? ). Each row being 2 drawers side-by-side. Instead of duplicating the medallion on the drawers, we’d thought about the ebony frame and curly maple field with bow-tie drawer pulls, attached with brass pins. Of course, that would also mean enclosing it in a cabinet.

Then on the bottom, frame & panel doors. Haven’t decided on glass or wood panel. But that should resolve the stability problem. The good part for now is that it will sit on hardwood floors, so better from the start. But who knows about the future location.

Thanks again, gents. We’ll be drawing pictures and figuring it out.

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