I've been working on this 'reproduction' of an 18th Century English Campaign Desk for quite a while - sorta working in 'fits and spurts,' then letting it sit for awhile...
Anyway, it's somewhat modernized because I wasn't true to size on it. The original was about an inch narrower and an inch shorter because they used different paper sizes back then, and I wanted this one to accommodate modern 8½ X 11" paper, and #10 envelopes.
The wood is cherry - resawn from one piece of 16/4 X 6" X 18". The writing surface is ¼" thick, bookmatched from two slices. Box bottom and tray panels are about 1/8" thick, and bookmatched, too. The box sides are ½" thick.
Finish is a coat of Sealcoat, followed by eight or nine coates of Target EM6000 waterborne lacquer, rubbed to a matte finish.
I'll probably enter this piece in the local County Fair this coming Fall.