SEPT/ OCT 2001
Volume 44 /  Issue 5

Project Articles
Colonial Dry Sink
Hanging Wall Desk
Child's Pounding Bench and A Wooden Toy Top

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Finishing Touches - Pt.1 Preparing the Surface
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The Hanging Wall Desk
Here's a multi-purpose kitchen Information Center that the entire family will find usefull...and it's fast and easy to build, too!

One of the most-often used “appliances” in a modern kitchen is the phone. And whether it's a corded or cordless model, many kitchens have limited counter space…making wall-mounting the best (or only) alternative. This solves the problem of where to place the phone, but it often leaves no convenient space for the phone book or for jotting down messages. That's where this handy, easy-to-build desk comes in. It not only gives you the space you need for jotting down phone messages…it can also be a terrific, out-of-the-way spot for laying an open cookbook (without fear of dribbling tomato sauce or gravy on it) while you're cooking, storing your recipe cards or a host of other applications. So, with all that said, let's get started.

We used maple for our desk, but any hardwood will do, keeping in mind that if you have some hard-pressing writers in the family, super-soft woods such as pine or poplar could take and hold a permanent impression of the messages written on their surfaces. SIZING NOTE: Check the size of your phone book before cutting your pieces to size. Some of the dimensions may have to be adjusted to accommodate the phone book from your area. Also, you may choose to adjust the depth and width of the small drawer to hold common 3" x 5" recipe cards. Doing this, of course, will affect the size of the phone book compartment, as well (and perhaps the overall size of the desk). Start by using your bandsaw to resaw the stock you'll need to make the 1/2" thick bottom, shelf and drawer components (G,H,J,K,L,M). Then, glue-up these pieces of stock, cut them to size and run them through your thickness planer to bring them to a consistent thickness. Next, glue up the wood you'll need to make the balance of the larger components (A,B,E) and cut them to size.

NOTE: For the two sides, we started with a single piece of stock, 3/4" x 10" x 20-3/4"…set our table saw's miter gauge to 65 degrees…and cut diagonally across the middle to create our two sides with minimum waste.


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