Main Illustration By Ian Hall

ABOVe: The challenge of batch production - but a more than satisfying result

The second of the two-part project to make four partners' desks

Having completed the first stage in this small batch production of partners' desks, we are now ready to move into the final stages.


The plinths are made from 16mm by 100mm (%in by 4in) pieces, with an ogee moulding cut on the top edge with a router. The pieces are cut to length and mitred on the radial arm saw, and adjusted by hand, where necessary, on a shooting board. I used a negative rake cross-cut saw which I was very pleased with in terms of finish and prevention of the blade 'climbing' over the work.

The plinths on the open-fronted desks are continuous all around the base of the pedestal. On the others, a gap is left on the inside to take the centre cupboards, with an internal mitred edge left at the front of the desk. The cupboards have a plinth at the front with mitred ends to slot in to the gap - this piece is made up at the same time.

At this point I got a biscuit jointer and, after a little experimentation and familiarisation, I used it on the plinth mitres. It was very useful in preventing them slipping when they were clamped up, quite apart from the obvious benefit of the extra strength.

The plinth is glued and screwed to the pedestal sides and a backing rail fitted between the sides at the front. Use a strap-clamp with blocks, and g-clamps, to get everything in position while the glue is wet, then screw through. The mitres are tapped over where necessary and sanded when dry. Titebond glue for dark woods will disguise any glue-line.

Centre cupboards

The centre cupboards are of simple construction. The sides are cut to size and a stopped housing is cut for the base and shelf. A slot is cut at the back of the sides to take a back of 5mm (%in) MDF, faced on each side with walnut.

The base and shelf are cut to size and dry fitted. A backing rail for

"At this point I got a biscuit jointer and, after a little experimentation and familiarisation, I used it on the plinth mitres'


The paper rest is made from a frame of walnut, flush faced with walnut-faced MDF, and lipped with walnut edges. 25mm (I in) holes are drilled in the frame under the paper rest to give access for the screws fixing the top. The paper rests are fitted and a small pull attached. Stops to prevent the rest being pulled too far out are fitted from underneath once they are in position.

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