Gazette Archive 1/15/01
A book review: By Mike Reese
Title: Desks Outstanding Projects
It starts off with Desk Building Basics, a primer on the components of desks such as Bases, Writing Surfaces, Drawers, Shelves & Pigeon Holes. It covers Sizing of Components, Storage, Materials, Hardware, Construction Techniques & Joinery Options.
Following the chapter on basics are seven chapters on the construction of seven different desks, ranging from a simple Lap Desk to a more elaborate Pedestal Desk and everything in between.
Each chapter gives a complete description, detailed dimensioned drawings, material lists and step by step narratives on construction. All chapters have lots of good photos & detailed drawings. There are also a lot of sidebars discussing specific techniques on joinery, jigs & processes.
I have been looking at desks & desk plans for sometime and although none of the desks in this book fit my exact needs, I found it quite helpful in solidifying a number of questions and I feel it will be a big help in the final design of my ULTIMATE DESK.
Editor's Note: Taunton Press has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. You can order this book from their website.