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…



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A Sawdust Inn Giveaway!

 UPDATE!  Congratulations to Tammy Annette! Tammy’s name was randomly chosen to receive the beautiful Bloodwood cross from the Sawdust Inn. Thanks to all who liked, shared and commented on this rewarding project. Watch for another…



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,…


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My mother gets her grandfather clock

As the oldest son of a mother raising four young children by herself on a waitress’ salary, it was not unusual for us to sit around and wish for things we’d like to have. The Salvation Army…


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,…