Small writing desk
I’d like to build a smallish writing desk, one with a slanted top. I’ve seen quite a few examples online and I like this one best (it’s old. Can’t find the website where the image came from).
I’m seeking a plan, or advice on design. I have almost no design experience, and relatively little woodworking experience. So I’m unsure about hinge type and placement, how to keep the top propped up so it’s stable and not wobbly, how the horizontal pieces on the “base” are attached to the legs/aprons, and things like this.
Has anyone seen a plan for this or something similar? I know it’s hard to provide feedback on a string of questions that end with “and things like this”, so maybe if I see some more examples with plans I’ll have better, more specific questions.
Start by looking at this as a table with a large drawer. You'll find a ton of info on table joinery options here on FW.
If you allow space over the drawer/ under the top you'll have room for a hinged support and notches or hooks under the top to hold it at several angles. Think about the way lounging lawn chairs are set up.
Excellent, thank you MJ. Exactly the feedback/advice I was looking for.
I designed and built a contemporary version of a stand with a portable drawing board. It gives you the option of using the drawing board in other locations/situations independent of the stand. The drawing board folds flat for transport and storage. Obviously my version doesn't match the style of your example.
I've attached an image of the drawing board adjustment mechanism which is a fairly typical solution. The 3 round metal inserts on the back of the board are rare earth magnets which secure the adjustable base to the back of the board.
>>>> (it’s old. Can’t find the website where the image came from). <<<<
I believe the image comes from this website. There is a great view of the tilt mechanism there as well.
Rockler makes adjustable hardware for supporting the top if you dont want to make it yourself: https://www.rockler.com/adjustable-drafting-table-hardware
My note is to pay attention to the height of the space under the table. If you make the drawer/apron too wide, you might not have room for your legs under the table. Table too tall, and it's less comfortable to use.
Thank you all for the great feedback and links.
Jkatzowitz, I like your solution. It’s more practical and less permanent. I’ll save the bigger project for later
Now that you’ve made it and used it, is there anything you’d do differently? (“I wish I had….”)
I'm not sure I would change anything, it works great for me.
The board size is 16"x20". I have some details drawings I could send you if you think they would help. They're hand drawn but show dims, board angles, etc.
Let me know.
If you could send them, that would be great! I was sketching it out last night trying to figure out the sizing of the various parts, attachment location, where the notches need to be, etc. and it wasn’t coming easily. I do need to develop these skills but wouldn’t mind punting on that for now.
Are you familiar with MJs connection services? I’m assuming he’s still in the business, I’ll find his website and fill out the form so he knows my contact info. Let me know if you don’t know what I’m talking about and I’ll elaborate.
I've availed myself of MJ's services before, so that should work.
Of course I did the drawings for my own use so they may be lacking in some of the details but they are all drawn to scale. The package will include a full scale side view of the support mechanism that will require you to tape the 2 printed pages together.
I also have a series of "in-work" photos that I took during the build phase so they may help as well.
Of course you can reach out to me with any questions after we get get connected.
Got it guys, I'll look for your emails tomorrow.
There was a recent Instagram post for a desk just like this. Bill Pavlak does great work. https://www.instagram.com/p/Con7CYMri9A/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=
Thanks everyone for the feedback. Just closing the loop on this -- here is how it turned out. It functions well and was a blast to make. It's white oak and padauk, finish is shellac (platina) and water based poly (4 coats of each). I may or may not add a "lip" board at the bottom (I'll mainly be using it in its least-tilted angle).
Most importantly I'm posting to give my sincere thanks to Jkatzowitz. The plans are his, and he was very generous and patient with help and feedback along the way. Thank you Jkatz! Thanks to MJ too for the connection services.
Weymouth did a great job on this project and was delightful to work with!
Thanks for allowing me to collaborate with you.