Building this desk is a big project. But that's only
because there are a lot of pieces. The actual woodworking is straightforward
and not at all tricky.
Since the desk is symetrical, many pieces are identical. The pedestals are
identical, the panels are identical, even the drawers are the same. This means
once you're set up to make a cut, the actual work is fairly easy and quick.
This desk is typical of pedestal desks made in the early 1900's. But some of
the joinery techniques and materials are new. For example, stub tenon and
groove joinery is used to make the side and back panels. It looks like the
frame and panel joinery of a century ago, but it's much easier to make.
CONSTRUCTION. We made our Pedestal Desk out of
solid red oak and oak plywood. The overall dimensions are 30-1/8" high x
61" wide x 30" deep.
This project was originally published in Woodsmith No. 79.
WHAT YOU GET.
The Pedestal Desk Project Plan is a
twelve-page, 959 kilobyte .pdf file. It includes complete, step-by-step
instructions, 41 detailed drawings, a materials list, and a cutting diagram. It
also includes techniques articles on coped joints and shop-made drawer
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