Build a Chinese Style Writing Desk with Kevin Rodel
Join well known Maine furniture maker, Kevin Rodel as we build a small writing desk with Chinese inspired details. This deceivingly simple looking desk has a dovetailed drawer and the length and width can be customized to your requirements. The base construction is standard mortise and tenon with some “cloud lift” stretchers between the legs. The lower edges of the apron parts also feature a “cloud lift” detail. The cloud lifts are easily done with template jigs, which you will learn to make, and are used with a router table.
The drawer uses the side-hung method with side and a center slips for mounting a thin hardwood bottom. This is not as common in Western style furniture but is a very effective method to hang a drawer of this size.
The desktop is a frame with a floating center panel with mitered corners. For extra strength the miters are reinforced with a through slip tenon, which is a variation on a traditional Chinese mitered tenon joint. The desk pictured here features solid cherry which is then ebonized– contrasting with the natural mahogany writing surface. The ebonized finishing will be discussed and demonstrated but is an optional finish for this class. You can also elect to do the whole table in mahogany with no ebonizing. Either way this elegant and contemporary looking desk will fit into just about any room in your home.
Tuition: $795.00 plus materials
Section 072020A: Monday—Saturday, July 20—25, 9:00am—5:00pm
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