Shaker-inspired Lap Desk
My take on Christian Becksvoort’s Shaker lap desk. Made of rift-sawn cherry. Customized it with a different divider layout and drawer construction, added a pencil tray and lined the bottoms with ivory leather (ok...”leather”). Also, used brass pins on the breadboards. A belated birthday gift for my wonderful wife. I have some build photos on my Instagram (@quillwoodworks) but didn’t do a great job documenting everything.
Rift-sawn cherry throughout. Not only beautiful but it’s more stable than flat-sawn.
Love the continuous grain from the side through the drawer face. And I love this technique to recess drawer pulls. Made with a circle template and a box cove bit.
Pencil tray has mitered corners and is made of walnut.
Brusso hinges. Had two extra brass screws so I used them to secure the drawer backstop.
The birds mouth in the back of the tray locks the pencil drawer in place and allows the tray to follow the same angle as the dividers.
Brass pins secure the breadboard ends. One of my favorite details on this piece.
My wife’s birthday is in October. Either really late or really early With this gift. (Spoiler alert: really late)