Mike's Roll Top Desk

This roll top desk project provided many lessons for the future.

SHOP OWNER: Mark Stone
LOCATION: Chalfont, PA

    I finally finished the roll top desk, which I started in Shop Shot #459. All of the drawers have dovetail joints that I cut by hand. They ride on hickory rails that fit into a dado in the poplar drawer sides. Mike's Roll Top Desk


  Mike's Roll Top Desk

    The small drawers in the tambour section have hand-cut box joints. The center space between the two drawer units is open to accommodate the rear components of a computer monitor so that the tambour can close.
Mike's Roll Top Desk

    Weighing in at about 250 pounds, it is solid and I think it will last for many years. Although I'm satisfied overall, I see mistakes and many things I would do differently next time. One thing I was disappointed with was the tambour. The next time I make one; I think I'll try drilling holes and using wire to connect the slats instead of a backing material. I'll also cut a different edge shape on the slats. Lessons learned!
Mike's Roll Top Desk

    Now itís on to the next two projects. They will be two ladder beds for the boys, ages 8 and 14. As always, I plan to do my own design work and if it looks good when completed, I'll be happy. No matter what, I love doing this stuff and will never tire out from it. I owe the folks at WoodCentral many thanks for answering all of my questions during this project.

. . . Mark Stone



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