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post #1 of 11 Old 05-02-2020, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Walnut fall flap desk

This walnut cabinet is a fall flap desk sized to hold a laptop computer. The case is 4 sheets of veneer, book matched and center matched, so the grain runs the same up both sides and onto the top with a seamless miter joint. The 4 way match on the top forms a symmetric background for the inlaid design in the center.





Without exposed hinges, the mitered bead details on the case edges and doors give a very clean look. The contrasting inlay on the top is African makore.



When the flap is lowered, the work surface is flush with the shelf behind it. Only the 2 small cutouts show the hinge.



The fall flap pivots on a steel rod in a full-length hole first cut as a groove with a round nose shaper cutter and then backfilled. When the flap is open, it sits flush with the shelf behind it for an unbroken work surface. The corner joinery of the doors is Chinese miter and tenon.



The top corner miter joints are each held together by a dozen and one little splines reinforced by a pair of braces with tapered dovetails. The substrate is edge glued pine with walnut end caps finger jointed on so that the edge easing at the corner won’t show a light-colored stripe.



I liked the way this piece came together.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-03-2020, 08:44 AM
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Beautiful!
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-03-2020, 08:49 AM
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craftsmanship at its finest !! WELL DONE !

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Very nice, indeed! How did you apply the veneer - vacuum bag, hammer veneering, etc.? Got any photos of the inlay process? Love to see that...

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I am a Walnut fan. Well done.


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Nice work. That's an outstanding piece! Thanks for posting!
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Very nice work. Looks great.
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That's about as strong as a miter joint can get I think!
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-04-2020, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your kind words and interest in my work.

I do most of my veneering in this press.



The steel frame was built by a millwright who was caretaker in a mothballed plant waiting to be scrapped. I forget the legal, political, or insurance reason someone with his skills had to be there; but he had little to do and a maintenance bay full of steel destined for the salvage yard. No one cared what I had him do to keep busy.

The push is supplied by air pods like these I made out of surplus 6" fire hose. The press is about 3' wide by 8' long with 12 pods which are connected as needed to the air supply by the primitive manifold. I run the press at about 50psi air pressure.



I do the inlays with this little air router I made from a die grinder.



I turned a pair of follower guides with radii offset by the width of the little cutter. They cut matching holes and fillers from a single template.

This piece brought together tools and techniques I've been working on for some time, and I've been so close to it technically that I lost the perspective to see it aesthetically. Thank you all for the assurance that it is attractive.
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When you made the top with the pattern in it, did you have to balance the veneer on the inside? Since it is a pattern of different woods I am curious what you do for that

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All the veneered parts are 3 ply with walnut veneer both sides over sugar pine lumber core. I don't always use the same species on both faces, but I was using up odds and ends of walnut veneer. The underside of the inlaid top is just walnut veneer like all the rest. The inlay doesn't require anything different.
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