When I was young, my aunt had a slant front secretary desk with the supports which automatically slid out when the front was opened. I thought it was about the greatest trick I had ever seen. I finally produced my own desk, and I still think the hardware which deploys the supports is a really great idea. I used a set of plans from Rockler as my starting point, but rather than plywood and veneer, I used solid cherry with a mahogany front. The stringing is maple. The interior dividers, shelves and drawers are my own design. The brass hardware is from Horton Brasses.
This is the first time I have worked with cherry, and it won’t be the last. The piece is finished with hand-rubbed General Finishes Oil and Urethane.