Providence Writing Desk


Gentle curves and elegant details provide a place to get work done in style.
By Mario Rodriguez
Pages: 44-49

From the April 2009 issue #175
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A friend of mine recently moved into a small apartment in Providence and needed a place from which she could pay bills, do paperwork and park her computer. But the apartment is small, so the desk would be very visible. In addition to being functional, it had to look good. Needless to say, I’ve been looking at a lot of desks lately. And I came up with a streamlined design that has a little class; plus it fits her tastes and her space.

The design of this desk was inspired by the clean lines of Austrian Biedermeier furniture from the period 1815-1850, which preceded and influenced the popular Art Deco style. Biedermeier furniture copies the designs and elements found in both classical furniture and architecture: columns, arches, entablatures and graceful tapering legs.

The desk is compact, measuring 22″ deep x 36″ wide x 29 3/4″ high and features slender saber-shaped legs, punctuated with a small bead around each ankle and another wrapping around the desk, just below the two drawers. The generous inset dovetailed drawers are fitted with turned knobs.

The desk has a center partition that divides it in two and sits upon the drawer web (or frame). The drawers ride on the web and are guided into the interior of the desk.

In this article, I’ll concentrate on the construction of the desk and only briefly mention the making and fitting of the drawers because the topic was recently covered in the February 2009 issue (#174).

Online Extra

To view additional step photos of the Writing Desk project as a PDF slide show, click here.


From the April 2009 issue #175
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