A textured top might at first seem the wrong choice for a writing desk, but with computers leading the writing world nowadays we think it’s a great idea.
– Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine
I completed the base for the 21st Century Writing Desk, to go with the top that I carved in November.
The base had to be visually lightweight to avoid overwhelming the thin top. I achieved this by leaving space below the top and tapering the legs.
To allow ample space for knees, I opted to omit the front apron. I made up for the missing apron by using an H-shaped stretcher assembly positioned low on the legs.
Turned around, the desk can be used as a side table as well. The long stretcher provides some more visual strength.
I wanted to make the legs flow into the stretchers so I created curved transitions at the joints. To do this easily, I developed a process involving two common router bits and a couple simple shims. (Read about this process in the April/May 2016 issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.)
I am quite happy with the desk after a few months of use. It is plenty stable and the top is big enough for my laptop computer, some wrist support, and not much else. Therefore, it does not attract the clutter with which desks are often plagued. It is also incredibly light, which makes it enjoyable (not an exaggeration) to move around from room to room.
When I work at it, I sit in my 3-Week Chair, Prototype 4 (which I badly want to revisit and further develop).
Read the article from the March/April issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement by clicking the following image.