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    Small roll top desk for a Granddaughter

    Our daughter wants a desk for her 10 yr old. I found a free roll top plan, and making a few modifications.
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    I added 2" to the leg length so a pencil drawer could be installed. And I want to use a ball and socket tambour so no cloth backing .

    I made up a jig to cut the tapered legs on the TS's slider. The jig bolts to the slots in the slider, scrap wood is built up to mount the hold down clamps.
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    I made up a template from 1/2" MDF to rout the groove for the tambour .
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    Thanks for showing the jigs, always fun to see Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build!

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    Found my old board buddies hold down wheels and mounted them on a wood strip clamped to the top of the fence. Made up 20+ strips, need approx 16 strips for the desk.

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    The shop made shaper cutter worked great! I had to make a minor adjustment to one area of the cutter on the grinder. Glad I made an extra amount for test strips, took a few passes before I got it producing a suitable shape.

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    shop made shaper cutter from Craftsman molding head knives, old test pieces from last desk I made.

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    Last edited by Bryan Cowing; 12-17-2013 at 11:18 PM.

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    today I milled the socket. Double pass on TS to 1/4", then 1 pass over a steel 1/2" dia. core box 1/4" shank bit. I still have to round over the bottom edges and sand them. I made enough for 21", need approx 18-19" + the 2&3/4" starter strip the handles mount on.

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    Routed the groove in the sides. 1st try, router went off the template, glue up more wood. Then found out the template needed adjusting, curves too tight for this style of tambour strip. Trying to re router the groove caused some tear out so had to replace 1/2 a side. Finally got a functioning tambour. Test fit.

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    well here we thought you never had miscues bryan and on this you had two well the rest of the year should clear sailing
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    well here we thought you never had miscues bryan and on this you had two well the rest of the year should clear sailing
    When you make one off items, theres always a learning curve. Like Norm, this one's the prototype, next ones perfect! I hope!

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    Quite enjoyable
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