What You’ll Receive:
- Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
- Hours of detailed video instruction (11 videos in total) showing every step of the build.
- All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase.
What You’ll Learn
- Build strategy
- Lumber Selection
- Material layout
- Bridle Joints
- Drawbore Joinery
- Mortise and Tenon Joinery
- Cutting and refining curves
- Table top preparation
- Creating your own buttons for Top assembly
- Allowing for wood movement in a table top
- Through dovetails
- Box/ Case construction
- Shelf Installation
- Hinge installation
- Breadboard Panels
- Danish Oil Finishing
What You’ll Need:
Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what I used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.
- Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
- Tablesaw with a Miter Gauge
- Dado Stack
- Miter Saw (for rough-cutting lumber)
- Domino or biscuit joiner (not required)
- Hand Tools – Chisels, Razor Saw, Shoulder Plane, Card Scraper, Dovetail Saw, Coping saw, Rasp, Low Angle Jack plane, marking gauge, dowel plate
- Router Bit – For mortising
- Drill Bit for drawbore pegs
- Countersink bit for button installation
The provided cut list includes all of the information you'll need to order stock for your project. Project kits of stock are available if you would like to simplify the process.
11 Lessons Included
A preview of the Writing Desk's materials, features, and joinery.
A look at the project lumber as well as tips for making wise choices in lumber selection.
Legs & Rails
The legs and rails are cut to size.
We'll add large bridle joints and small mortises to each leg.
Tenons & Curves
The tenons on the rails and stretchers are cut to size and the curves are added to the stretchers.
Drawboring & Base Assembly
The base is assembled with the help of some drawbored pegs.
The top comes together with the glueup of two wide boards.
Top Case Dovetails
The top case panels are glued together and joined with dovetails.
Top Case Interior
The inside of the case needs a back panel, a shelf, a support arch, and hinge mortises.
The door features a clever faux frame and panel design.
A few details remain before applying the finish to the desk.