Thomas Jefferson’s Writing Desk
Build the Revolutionary War relic used to write the Declaration of Independence
Lon Schleining tackles a complicated project that reflects Thomas Jefferson’s ingenuity. Schleining built a copy of Jefferson’s writing desk — only 5 lb. — by using drawings and photos of the original on display at the Smithsonian. Several measured drawings are reproduced in the article. He incorporated modern materials, such as plywood-core panels, for stability. Diving into construction, he says the carcase construction is straightforward, but it’s a challenge to build and fit the drawer, and a delicate touch is required to make and install the support stand. Count on using a lot of hardware. Schleining includes information on finish and on edge-banding.
From Fine Woodworking #144