Rolltop Desk Build

Rolltop Desk Build – The Reveal

Five months to the day! They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. On February 20, I took the first step in building my dream project by cutting the first…

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Rolltop Desk Build – Fuming

With the construction finished, it’s time to begin the finishing process. In today’s woodshops, most projects are stained or dyed to a desired color. For example, most of the furniture in my home is made from red…


Rolltop Desk Build Part 10

We’re winding down the construction phase of the Rolltop Desk! Most woodworkers agree that building a piece of furniture is just half of the job. The other half is finishing the piece. In the case…


Rolltop Desk Build Part 9

With the tambour complete, I turned my attention to the cubby hole section. This assembly makes up the small individual compartments for storing letters, files and miscellaneous items. The assembly is made up of several…


Rolltop Desk Build Part 8

The tambour is complete! After cutting the 29 individual slats necessary for a flexible tambour that would ride in the curved side slots, I began by building a jig to make sure they would align with each…




Third time is a charm

All woodworkers, even those with years of experience, make mistakes…sometimes costly mistakes. One of the most common errors is cutting a board too short. That’s why the old saying is oft repeated – “measure twice,…


Rolltop Desk Build Part 5

With the bases and the drawers finished, I wanted to turn my attention to the roll top section itself. The cubby hole section will require the most time and effort, but this is going to be…


Rolltop Desk Build Part 4

It’s time to make parts for the six drawers. The original plans called for birch plywood for the sides and backs This would be a snap with 1/2″ plywood, but I decided to use solid wood,…