The roots of the roll-top desk go back more than 200 years. Over time, desk variations merged to include tambour doors and pigeonhole compartments. Kenneth Baumert, a woodworker and mechanical engineer, came up with a design that eliminates the cloth backing on tambour doors by using an elongated ball-and-socket joint. He discusses the basic construction of the desk (the frames, panels, drawers and locks), and then details how he shapes the tambours. He closes with information on making the pigeonholes. This richly illustrated article shows every aspect of the construction process.

From Fine Woodworking #79