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 wonít show a light-colored stripe.
I liked the way this piece came together.