Tony O'Malley's Desk

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Not your everyday homework desk!

SHOP OWNER: Tony O'Malley
LOCATION: Emmaus, PA

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Tony O'Malley was a colleague of mine at Rodale Press Woodworking Books in another lifetime. We welcome his wealth of woodworking experience here at WoodCentral!]

     This cherry and walnut project began as a homework desk for my two daughters. It was built for a specific spot in my office, which dictated the size and shape of the top. I added the "backsplash" to keep pencils and stuff from rolling over the back edge, because I knew the desktop wouldn't sit tight against a wall. The triangular incisions in the backsplash are sort of an oversized chip carving, cut with regular chisels.
    Each of the pedestals appears as a symmetrical trapezoid when viewed from the front, but an asymmetrical one when viewed from the top, flaring back along the line of the top. As a result of this combination, the front of each cabinet is not a flat plane, it's two triangular planes, canted slightly, meeting at the diagonal. I had no idea this was coming, of course, but it led to the inlay at the diagonal joint on the solid wood doors. The two center drawers hang from solid wood runners attached to the top with sliding dovetails. The finish is rubbed oil/polyurethane.

. . . Tony O'Malley



 

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