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July 22, 2008

More Folding Lap Desk

Filed under: Historical Material,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 9:35 am

Well I was doing some other things today and only got a bit of work done on the lap desk.  I did fit up the interior pieces that will be the leather covered writing surface.  The leather will act as the hinge for both pieces.  I will of course glue the leather hide down with hide glue, that is simple.


The inner pieces are thin soft maple, I will strengthen them with a couple of battens on the underside.


I also took care of my dovetails, they look great now.  (Plaster of Paris or whiting (calcium carbonate), wood flour, hide glue and water).


Scraping and a bit of sanding, a coat of paint and the exterior is completed.  The interior will require a bit of fetteling to get everything fit up properly.  I need to order a lock to secure the lap desk and I have the accouterments to furnish it properly.




  1. Looking good! I have always wanted to make on of these for my daughter. I always thought it would be a neat idea for traveling. That way, on long road trips she could draw, color, what have you. This may just be the motiviation I need to build one, on a toddler scale of course.

    Comment by Bob Rozaieski — July 22, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  2. How are you going to finish the edges of the leather? Can you just cut it to size and glue it down and that’s it? I’ve never worked with it, so I’m curious.


    Comment by Metalworker Mike — July 22, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  3. Bob,

    Thanks, it is fun building this one and one to check off my list. But then I am going to make an even bigger one, and I think a smaller one too.


    I am thinking about burning in gold leaf with a fancy wheel I have but not sure yet. I am still not sure how I will finish off the inside, but on other ones I have cut it to size then glued it down. I then burnish the edges down for a finished look.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 22, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

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