Making a Writing Desk
Customizing a leg-and-apron table with drawers
Synopsis: Christian Becksvoort explains how to make a basic leg-and-apron desk (basically a table with drawers). This piece has two drawers, but the number and layout can be altered to suit the function of the table. He starts by gluing up the tabletop after arranging the boards for best color and figure regardless of grain orientation. He talks about cutting and shaping the legs, designing and installing the apron, installing drawer guides, and making the drawers. A dimensioned project plan shows the joinery.
To me there are two types of desks: storage desks and writing desks. Storage desks, slant-tops, roll-tops and other “instant offices” consist of multitudes of drawers and pigeon holes designed to house not only pen and paper, but also ledgers, stamps, files, folders, books and various office supplies. On the other hand, writing desks like the one in the photo on p. 66 are multifunctional pieces of…