Ever since the first time I read Roy Underhill’s book “The Woodwright’s Apprentice” I’ve wanted to build a version of his standing desk. I always thought it would be a great piece to have in the shop for making drawings, laying an open book or magazine or setting my coffee. It would also give me a logical place to keep pencils, scissors and other small odds and ends that typically get lost at the bottom of boxes and cabinets.
So over the last couple of weeks I finally got around to building one. I modified Roy’s design slightly by adding a drawer to my desk. To do so I had to make the sides slightly higher and obviously add a bottom rail to the front under the drawer as well as a frame for the drawer to sit on. I also shortened the height about 3″ from the drawing in the book as I’m pretty short and the original 48″ height seemed just a little high for me to work at comfortably.
The piece is made of Eastern white pine, as with most of the pieces I make for the shop, because it’s cheap, readily available where I live, cheap, easy to work, and oh yeah, cheap. I also like the look of it as long as it’s not full of huge knots (a few pin knots are ok). The inside is currently just a big open space. I’ll add a simple gallery in the future, but for now it will serve as extra storage. I’ll also divide up the drawer in the future but that’s a project for another day.
I’m glad that I finally got around to making this piece. It is certainly a welcome addition to the shop and much better looking than the piece that used to occupy this space (ugly plywood junk cabinet). It’s unfinished right now as I have not decided whether to just oil and wax it or give it a couple coats of milk paint and oil. I think I’ll just leave it alone for now and let it get used to it’s new home for awhile. The finish can wait.