Chinese-Inspired Contemporary Desk
Woodworker: Sam NorrisNorris built this desk for the annual New Hampshire Furniture Masters auction. He set out to build a contemporary piece that reflected ancient Chinese design, also borrowing from contemporary furniture maker Greg Smith. However, a lot of the construction methods were dictated by his design choices. The table looks simple enough at first glance, but the three-way miter, curved stretchers, and curved legs weren’t easy to execute. Spare Design Calles for a 3-way miter To glue the joint, Norris uses 45° glue blocks, which allow him to draw the joint together tightly without specialized clamps. Gorilla Glue gives him the open time to manage all three corners and tenons in one glue-up.