Desks - Fine Woodworking Plans and Projects


A desk is a table dedicated to reading or writing, and as such originally implied a sloping top. The sloping top, in fact, constituted practically the entirety of early desks, since these were used primarily in monasteries and universities before the
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  • Build a Desk in a DrawerBuild a Desk in a Drawer

    by Christian Becksvoort

    The top drawer of this bureau is what's known as a "butler's desk," a Shaker design where a writing surface and cubbyholes are discreetly hidden behind what looks ...

  • Build a Curved-Front DeskBuild a Curved-Front Desk

    by Chris Gochnour

    This desk is awash in curves: the inward curve of the front, the stepped heights of the drawer fronts, the shape of the legs, and the edge of the topÑeven the drawers ...

  • Build a Shaker Lap Desk - Part IBuild a Shaker Lap Desk - Part I

    by Christian Becksvoort

    In this three-part series, learn how to build a beautiful Shaker lap desk tailor-made for today's laptop computers.

  • Build a Shaker Lap Desk - Part IIBuild a Shaker Lap Desk - Part II

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Learn how to construct a delicate inkwell drawer in part II of the modern Shaker Lap Desk.

  • Build a Shaker Lap Desk - Part IIIBuild a Shaker Lap Desk - Part III

    by Christian Becksvoort

    In the final installment of the Shaker Lap Desk series, learn how to build delicate breadboard ends.

  • Call For Entries: Student WorkCall For Entries: Student Work

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Fine Woodworking Readers Gallery to highlight woodworkers in high school or post-secondary programs

  • Exhibition in EbonyExhibition in Ebony

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Richard Williams designed this Macassar-ebony writing desk to highlight his shop's virtuoso craftsmanship for a prominent London gallery showing. Williams calls ...

  • Details of a Solid Ivory DeskVideo: Details of a Solid Ivory Desk

    with Bill Sargent

    This elaborate drop-front desk made in China illustrates an early example of the ball-and-claw foot

  • Lonnie Bird's 18th-Century Pennsylvania SecretaryVideo: Lonnie Bird's 18th-Century Pennsylvania Secretary

    with Lonnie Bird

    A quick tour of an exquisite, yet functional, desk

  • Tambour Secretary DeskVideo: Tambour Secretary Desk

    with Corey Martin

  • A Short History of DesksA Short History of Desks

    by Graham Blackburn

  • Curved Stretcher Adds Grace and LegroomCurved Stretcher Adds Grace and Legroom

    by Mark Edmundson

    Furniture maker Mark Edmundson explains how to make a bent-laminated curved stretcher that can lend graceful lines as well as ample legroom to a table or desk. ...

  • Slant-Top DeskVideo: Slant-Top Desk

    with Christian Becksvoort

    Take a tour with the artist of this classic cherry desk

  • Build a Computer DeskBuild a Computer Desk

    by Charles Durfee

    Maybe it's time to give the computer a real place in your home, on a piece of furniture that works well, is built to last, and is a pleasure to live with. A blueprint ...

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