I call it the “Shampaign” desk–shaker and campaign influences. Shaker is the design, and campaign because it can be disassembled and packed flat in about a minute.
This was my first big hand-tool project, and it got me hooked! It was a very rewarding process!
-100% locally sourced black walnut.
-All hand tools.
-Took 6 months.
-No screws or fasteners used on joinery, just for hardware and securing the top.
-Used doweled mortise and tenon on the front and back stretchers, and used tapered, sliding dovetails on the sides.
-The middle support and drawer divider is made up of 2 pieces: 1 is inset with a half-lap dovetail in the front and a sliding dovetail in the back. The second piece is similar and “locks” into place with a notch in the front and a tapered, sliding dovetail in the back. The photo I included of this joint shows just how awkwardly complex it was. In the end, I had to sacrifice the beauty of the tail piece just to get it to slide into place, thus resulting a less-than-idea appearance of the joint, but very strong nonetheless. But hey, it’s on the inside!
-Lastly, there is a secret compartment that hinges out on dowels and closes shut with a leather clasp that slips over a screw head.
-Here is a video of me disassembling/reassembling it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?<wbr />v=oxhjE4oLGMc
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