What I was aiming for was a simple uncomplicated desk light enough to be moved around a room with ea

below: The original chair and table together

RIGHT: Box joint, sometimes known as finger joint, makes an attractive feature of the ash figuring

BELOW; Adapted Tage Frid former

Design priority

The laminated curve used in the chair's construction was a standard priority design feature from the outset. The task was to design the desk's work surface around the curved legs. Initially I had envisaged a single shallow drawer for the storage area, but I settled for an open shelf design. When I was satisfied with the final model, I started the making procedure.

I still had an ample supply of ash, fraxinus excelsior, left from the chair project, and so there was no need for a trip to the timber merchant.

The method for producing the curved legs is the same procedure I used for the chair, using a former and Tage Frid clamps, but there is an adjustment needed, see panel.

Whilst the laminates are glued and clamped, the back legs can be cut and planed to size. For extra strength I decided to use a double mortise & tenon for fixing the leg components together. This is a good joint -and, with a little time and trouble in the making, it doubles the amount of side-grain to side-grain contact, ensuring a very secure fixing.

BELOW; Adapted Tage Frid former

Laminated extension piece used to increase former's radius by 40mm

"The task was to design the desk's work surface around the curved legs"

Worktop

The front, back, and side components for the desk worktop can be made next. I left the back component 50mm (2in) wider, so when the top is assembled this forms a lip on the rear of the work surface and stops the escape of rolling pens and pencils.

I decided to use finger joints, also known as box joints, in the construction of the desktop. These can be cut out fairly quickly on the bandsaw and tidied up by hand. Alternatively a router can be used with the appropriate straight cutter. When set up, each joint can be produced by one or two passes of the cutter. One point to remember when choosing finger joints is that, unlike dovetails which usually only need to be cramped one way, this joint will require pressure in both directions, so make sure plenty of sash cramps are ready to hand.

It is advisable to cut out the shape of the shelf-opening in the front component after the finger joints have been made, but before the desktop is assembled. This can be done on the bandsaw. A spokeshave is then the best tool to complete this part of the job

Laminated extension piece used to increase former's radius by 40mm

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