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Pedestal Desk

Photo of the Pedestal Desk built from PlansNOW woodworking plans 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. PDF 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 pulls.

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Pedestal Desk