I’ve been meaning to make this project for over ten years. It was about that many years ago when I set a board across two metal file cabinets as a “temporary” desk solution. As it turned out, it was mostly a junk magnet, attracting stacks of papers.
I like the idea of a writing desk. It evokes images of Lewis Carroll hand writing his books, journals and letters while sitting at a desk with nothing more than a pen and paper.
From a practical point, it is actually a good desk solution for any small space, especially since most of us don’t require a large desktop PC and monitor anymore. Plus, its limited storage…just two small drawers…might force me to keep it less cluttered.
I wanted my writing desk to be light colored to reflect the light, delicate look of its clean structure. I also thought it would be interesting to combine to woods not normally used together: inexpensive pine boards and maple plywood. I wan’t sure if this would work out, so I left myself open to possibly staining the pine to provide a greater contrast. But once assembled I loved the two colors together!
Tapering the legs
Tapering has always been a hassle for me. I used to make up a single jig with no adjustments: just one fixed angle. This also only allowed me to make two-sided tapers. This week was the first time I had a chance to use my MicroDial Tapering Jig from MicroJig. It looks intimidating, but it actually is really simple to use. It’s especially good at locking in settings so you can make multiple cuts.