DESKS Writing desks

The writing desk in English walnut (405) was designed on a series of golden sections for a special client. The canted pedestals are attached by screwing through the bearer rails into the 11/4 in (32 mm) blockboard top, and therefore no stiffening rail is required. The main construction is in3/4 in (19 mm) veneered laminboard, with agba framing rails, etc. and walnut edgings mitred at the corners and chamfered all round (406:6). Figure 406:1 shows the elevation, 406:2 the side sectional elevation with the small pen-drawer on orthodox runners, and the other drawers with grooved sides and side runners. A deep filing-

405 Walnut writing desk with canted front drawer is provided for foolscap hangers (see Chapter 24). Figure 406:3 shows the cant of the pedestals, 406:4 the constructional details, 406:5 a section of the legs which are shaped to a round at the base and tenoned up through a double rail thickness as shown, while 406:7



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406 Writing desk details Office desks

With the exception of senior executives' desks, which are purposely more ornate for prestige gives details of the purpose-made brass handles purposes, office desks are simply constructed with turned stems and brazed-on plates out of and to a fairly standard pattern. Figure 407:1 31/6 in (5 mm) brass, with the facets filed away gives a representative example with the flat side and machine buffed. Two steel pins are drilled in either side of the screw tapped into the stem to prevent the handle turning. The final polish to the desk shown was one coat of hard lacquer steel-wooled and matt waxed. 11/8

frames of 2 in (50 mm) by 11/8 in (28.5 mm) or 11/4 in (32 mm) stock, mortised and tenoned or dowelled together, with a 3/4 in (19 mm) stretcher rail stub tenoned in. The stout top of in (28.5 mm) solid blockboard, or 5/8 in

407 Office desk details

  • 16 mm) plywood thicknessed up on the outer edges, is secured to the frames by gluing and screwing; while the separate pedestal unit with 3/4 in (19 mm) sides, recessed top, bottom and drawer rails, etc. and onset drawers, firmly screwed to the side frame and the top, is usually sufficient to ensure overall rigidity. A small vee or double chamfer can be worked round the top lower edge and edge framing as 407:2. Standard sizes for this type of desk are usually 4 ft (122 cm) by 2 ft 6 in (76 cm) wide and 2 ft 5 in
  • 74 cm) high, while 407:3, 4 and 5 show 5 ft (152 cm) long variations. As these latter have double pedestals the lower stretcher rail can be dispensed with provided the top is strong enough to prevent any sagging action. Executive desks standing isolated usually have an apron front to hide the knees (407:4), which is merely a sheet of veneered blockboard, etc. either overhanging the frames or inset between them (407:6, 7), and screwed in position through the back of the pedestals.

409 & 410 (left & below) Writing desk in solid rosewood and cherry. Designed and made by Desmond Ryan

410 (left) Desmond Ryan's writing desk, seen from the front

408 Print chest with adjustable top covered in black leather. Chest in Rio rosewood with two drawers. (HRH Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for elegant design 1962.) Designed by R.DTRussell RDI. Author's workshops

409 & 410 (left & below) Writing desk in solid rosewood and cherry. Designed and made by Desmond Ryan

410 (left) Desmond Ryan's writing desk, seen from the front

412 & 413 (opposite) A quiet but distinctive piece in applewood with sycamore interior. Writing bureau, designed and made by Christopher Faulkner

411 (above) A desk and chair in cherrywood and green leather. Designed by John Makepeace
414 A detail shot illustrating the type of recessed finger pull also used for the flaps and drawers in the writing bureau by Christopher Faulkner on the previous page

415 Writing table and boxes, 1985. Natural and ebonized ash; ebony details. By Rod Wales

416 Writing desk with chair. Size 4 ft x 2 ft x frame in American black walnut. Drawer and box

2ft 8 in (1200 x 600 x 812 mm) high. Frame and interiors in Canadian Rock Maple. Made in Martin drawers in macassar ebony with tops and stretcher Grierson's workshop by Robin Furlong

417 Drop front bureau in cherry. Designed and made by Michael Yeomans, Shrewsbury College of Art and Technology

418 Roll top bureau in mahogany with sycamore interior. Designed and made by Paul Morgan, Shrewsbury College of Art and Technology

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