John F. Adams
The desk here described will probably interest pupils in manual training schools who are looking about for some article of furniture which they can make and show to friends as evidence of the skill they have acquired. Let us hope that those who attempt this design will take enough time and care with the work so that their friends will find it an easy matter to give their approbation. As the design is not a difficult one it should be easily within the capacity of any second year pupil of a manual training high school. Oak or mahogany are the most suitable woods to use.
The general dimensions are: 48 in. high, 34 in. wide and 14 in. deep. If the shelves are made without the extensions for the pins, the width is 30 in. The dimensions and shape of the sides are clearly shown in the illustration. The extra width at the center and bottom can be obtained by gluing strips 2 in. wide onto a board 12 in. wide, using care to match the grain at the joints. The outer sides are spaced 30 in. apart.
The top and lower shelf are 34 in. long and 12 in.
wide. The ends are cut out to form lugs 2| in. long and 2 1/2 in. wide, the outer edges of each lug being 1 1/2 n. from the edges. Holes are cut in these lugs for pins, after fitting to the holes in the sides and marking the exact positions of the holes. The pins are 3 in. long, 3/4 in. wide, 7/8• in. thick at top, 5/8 in. thick at the bottom ends. On the under side of the back edge of the top, cut a rabbet 1/2 in. wide and deep for the backing.
The shelf over the drawer is 29 in. long and 13 1/2 in. wide. Grooves about 1/4. in deep are cut in the sides to receive the ends of this shelf, leaving about 1 in. at the front without the groove. The ways for the drawer consist of a frame of strips 2 1/2 in. wide, with halved joints. Grooves are also cut in the sides for this frame, which is the same size as the shelf above.
The drop lid is 28 1/2 in. long and 16 in. wide and will have to be glued up from two pieces, the grain of which should be nicely matched, as it is the most conspicuous part of the desk. Cleats 2 in. wide and 3/8 in. thick will have to be fitted to the ends on the inner side, to prevent warping.
The pigeon holes at the top are made up separately from the desk and put in place with screws. Maple 1/4 in. thick and 10 in. wide is used throughout. The top and bottom pieces are 28 in. long, and the two end pieces 6 1/4 in. long, the four division pieces 5 3/4 in. long, and the shelf at the center 11 in. long. Small wood screws 5/8- in. long should be used throughout for fas tening together, except the center shelf, which is put in with wire finish brads 3/4 in. long. The two pieces at the ends of this shelf should be put on before they are fastened in.
The back is sheathed with matched sheathing 1/2 in. thick which should be well seasoned to prevent opening up cracks.
The drawer is 28 1/2 in. long, 13 in. wide and 4 1/4 in. deep The construction of a drawer has been so frequently described in these articles that it will not be repeated here.
The lid is attached to the shelf with brass hinges recessed into both lid and shelf. A lock is also fitted to the top edge, the tongue plate being fitted to the under side of the top shelf. A lock and drop handles are also fitted to the drawer.