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    Default Lapdesk

    I enjoy collecting pens, which are put to heavy daily use taking copious notes in my day job (I'm a shrink). My other hobby is woodworking (using hand tools), and I combined the two to come up with this lapdesk - more of a fun object than practical, but for use none the same.

    The body is clothed in West Australian She-oak, finished in Organoil Danish Oil and wax.



    There is a drawer for some of my fountain pen collection ...





    A close up for you ..



    Lots of secret hiding places!

    For example, there is an inner cover ...



    ... which lifts ..



    .. to reveal a hidden drawer ..



    You can see all the details on my website: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/Lapdesk.html



    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Beautiful work!
    Thanks for sharing with Us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tytoalba View Post
    Beautiful work!
    Thanks for sharing with Us.
    Agreed.
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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Thank you for sharing. It is very nice. Almost invites you to write.
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    Beautiful! Bravo!
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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Nice craftsmanship. The Jarrah wood looks lovely. Looks like it would be fun exploring all the hiding places in it.

    The red vacumaticish pen looks good too.
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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Absolutely beautiful, Derek, as others have already commented. Love the hidden compartments and the pen storage areas, too. Are you considering adding some leather to the writing surface or will you be using it as is?

    I would love to get a Victorian writing slope but they are way out of my price range - those that aren't would take woodworking skills to restore that I just don't have - and I most certainly don't have the skill, knowledge or tools to make one of my own like you did, either. I admire your great craftsmanship and I bet it was really fun to make as well.

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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    From another woodworker, Nicely Done!
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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    That is beautiful. I want one!

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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Great job. Enjoy it.

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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Quote Originally Posted by OakIris View Post
    Absolutely beautiful, Derek, as others have already commented. Love the hidden compartments and the pen storage areas, too. Are you considering adding some leather to the writing surface or will you be using it as is?
    Hi Holly

    No leather ... The She-Oak is so stunning that I would not want to cover it up. Plus it is a very hard wood, and it would not be harmed by writing on its surface. Usually I write on a pad anyway.

    Incidentally Bogon07, that Vacumatic has become my favourite user. It has a flexible broad nib. Just wonderfully smooth.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Hi Derek
    That is an excellent lap desk you have made I also enjoy making boxes from wood.
    Regards
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    Hi Michael

    If that area interests you, my website is: www.inthewoodshop.com

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    That is a great website Derek I can see me becomming a regular visitor,
    I constantly drag my wife around markets and such looking for pens and old tools.
    I hope one day to own at Lie-Nielsen plane possibly a block plane as I use one often.
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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    That. Is. REALLY. Cool. Off to figure out how I can con my father in law to attempting one like it!

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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Beautiful work you have done on that lapdesk. Enjoy!!
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    Default Re: Lapdesk

    Hi Derek
    Nice to see you on this forum. I always enjoy your work (I have one of your marking knives). Great lap desk.
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