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xx   DESK

Kiera's desk. The base contains a slant-top desk (with lift top) and a set of drawers. A double stretcher-and-slat assembly ties the bottom rails and legs together. On top, a carcase (bonnet) encases a symmetrical arrangement of compartments and drawers behind two frame-and-panel doors. Overall dimensions: 24"x29"x54" tall.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #44 Apr 1995 pg. 44
Correction AMERICAN WOODWORKER #50 Feb 1996 pg. 10

Secretary bird desk. Plywood desk is a fit-together bird shape with the body forming the desk surface. Est. cost: $54.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1979 (v.57#7) pg. 91, 164

Secretary desk has three shelves behind glass-panel doors on the top, a slant-top desk area with pigeon holes, and a two-shelf base with wood-panel doors. Overall dimensions: 83" tall, 22" deep, 40" wide.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1986 (v.9#5) pg. 22

Home secretary. Updated secretary desk is built from solid ash and ash-veneered plywood and decorated with ebonized inlay. The desk (19"x42"x30" high) has a 29"-wide drawer in the front apron and a fold-out extension that adds 7" in depth. The 13" tall desktop caddy has a storage bay for a laptop computer, a back-panel hole for power cords and cables, two extra-wide storage dividers, and shelving.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1997 (v.20#9) pg. 36

Shaker hutch secretary features slanted top suitable for use as a desk. The slanted top lifts up revealing nine pigeon holes and a storage area. Twenty additional pigeon holes are located immediately above the slanted top and three 9" deep display shelves are above that. The 30" high cabinet is raised on four legs so that a chair will fit under the cabinet.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #93 Aug 1966 (v.16#4) pg. 26

Shaker desk, circa 1850, features a 21"x36" front which drops down to form a slanted writing surface and to reveal small drawers, shelves and pigeon holes. The whole unit is set on top of a four-legged table with two drawers, one on each end of the table. Design is similar to a secretary style desk.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #99 Aug 1967 (v.17#4) pg. 36

How to assemble the Emperor Clock Company's Queen Anne Secretary Desk, which is available in kit form.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #177 Nov 1976 (v.26#9) pg. 38

Bunk bed tower. One bed is on the top of the tower. Bottom bed slides into the hollow space in the tower. Tower is composed of a secretary desk, a clothes closet, a linen closet, a clothes hamper, a set of bookshelves and a toy box. Each item in the tower is a seperate piece.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #203 Nov 1979 (v.29#9) pg. 11

Inexpensive secretary desk is refinished and restyled (by adding glass doors) to make it appear more authentic.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #226 Feb 1982 (v.32#2) pg. 34

Building a secretaire-bookcase. Detailed drawings of a 1787 original located in Bristol, England. Dimensions: 87" tall, 50" wide, 24" deep. Built of mahogany and oak with veneered door and drawer fronts.
FINE WOODWORKING #38 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 54
Correction FINE WOODWORKING #39 Mar-Apr 1983 pg. 6

Straightening up an old secretary. How the Winterthur Museum goes about repairing a 200-year-old Chippendale secretary.
FINE WOODWORKING #40 May-Jun 1983 pg. 66

Wellington campaign chest includes a drop-front secretaire, five drawers and a hinged rail that locks over the drawer fronts to secure them for transport. Overall dimensions: 51" tall, 21" wide, 16" deep.
FINE WOODWORKING #76 May-Jun 1989 pg. 68

Constructing a walnut chest (secretaire) which has been scaled down to fit any room. The bottom half is styled like a 19-drawer apothecary chest. the top half has two frame-and-panel doors concealing a compartment with several small drawers and pigeonholes. A pull-out shelf under the doors forms the writing surface. Above the doors are six more small apothecary-syle drawers and a secret money compartment is found in the top. Overall dimensions: 62" tall, 24" wide, 16" deep.
FINE WOODWORKING #78 Sep-Oct 1989 pg. 86

Wooten Patent desks. A look at the history of this Victorian innovation in office furniture which features numerous pigeonholes and compartments, hinged and rotating parts, and elaborate exteriors. Includes information on building a reproduction of the Wooten Cabinet Secretary.
FINE WOODWORKING #87 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 52

Correct method of attaching breadboard ends to the drop lid of a secretary desk.
FINE WOODWORKING #137 Jul-Aug 1999 pg. 96

Secretary desk built from inexpensive lumber for $12.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #430 Mar 1964 (v.60) pg. 106

Contemporary style hutch is actually a secretary desk with its drop lid removed. Unit is 70" tall, 36" wide and 18" deep. Has 3 storage drawers in base.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1981 (v.155#1) pg. 97

Compact secretary desk is made of solid curly maple and features a large utility drawer, a drop-down lid, a smaller pencil drawer and seven cubbyholes.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1985 (v.162#12) pg. 112

Secret secretary. A chest of drawers and desk combination that is both beautiful and utilitarian. Solid cherry butler's bureau features 4 drawer fronts. The top drawer front folds down to become a secretary-style desk. The bottom three drawer fronts actually are full-size storage drawers. Overall dimensions: 20" deep, 39" wide, 43" tall.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1987 (v.164#8) pg. 76

Elegant mahogany secretary, based on designs from the 18th century, features typical joinery and molding details common to hand-crafted work of this period. Complete instructions for building this fine slant-front desk using only hand tools. Overall dimensions: 17" deep, 30" wide, 43" tall.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1989 (v.166#11) pg. 72

Secretary/vanity with bench. Modern style secretary desk is built from one sheet of plywood. Unit stands 70" tall and features 2 bookshelves above the desk top. Design is a winner in the 2nd annual Plywood Project contest.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1978 (v.213#2) pg. 104

Secretary style desk and matching chair are made from 1 sheet of plywood. Winner in the 6th annual plywood design contest.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1982 (v.221#2) pg. 97

Secretary desk with a drop-down slant-front writing surface and three large drawers. Overall dimensions: 24"x16"x41" tall.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #72 May 1993 (v.12#6) pg. 37

Chippendale secretary (desk). Reproduction of a popular 18th century piece of furniture. Overall dimensions: 77" tall, 36" wide, 22" deep.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #102 May 1998 (v.18#2) pg. 48, Insert

Plantation desk (circa 1810) is basically a simple form of the traditional secretary, consisting of a cupboard on a frame. Overall dimensions: 34"x22"x68" tall.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #106 Jan 1999 (v.18#6) pg. 63

Drop-leaf secretary is built from pine. Bottom unit features drop-front desk and four storage drawers. Top features glass doors and three display shelves (book shelves). Unit measures over 72" tall, 15" deep, and 26" wide.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Summer 1980 pg. 90

Traditional style drop-front writing desk. The lower portion features a two-shelf storage area behind frame-and-panel doors. The upper portion includes 4 stationery drawers and two envelope pigeon holes. Overall dimensions: 34"x18"x42" tall.
WOOD MAGAZINE #120 Winter 1999 (v.16#9) pg. 62
Correction WOOD MAGAZINE #125 Jul-Aug 2000 (v.17#5) pg. 10

Shaker style secretary desk features frame-and-panel construction, a slanted front that opens to form a writing surface and reveal 4 small drawers and 4 pigeon holes.
WOODWORK #4 Winter 1989 pg. 70

Bachelor chest. An elegant chest of four drawers also features a pullout writing surface. Overall dimensions: 31"x19"x34" tall.
WOODWORK #13 Jan-Feb 1992 pg. 58
Correction WOODWORK #14 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 24

Shaker-style drop-front desk features a desk-top bookcase or cupboard concealed behind two frame-and-panel doors. Exposed dovetails and bird's-eye maple are decorative elements in this large cherry piece. Overall dimensions: 69"Tx35"Wx18"D.
WOODWORK #36 Dec 1995 pg. 38

Bureau bookcase in the Chippendale style of the 18th century. This "secretary" style desk features a slant-front on the bureau which drops down to form a writing surface and reveal pigeon-holes. Five storage drawers complete the bureau. The top unit is glass fronted for diplay of books, etc. Unit measures 78" tall, 33" wide, 18" deep at the base and 11" deep at the top.
WOODWORKER #1018 Sep 1978 (v.82) pg. 410

Two designs for secretaries in mahogany and walnut. These designs do not include the bookshelf top. They are adaptations from 18th century units. They measure (aprox) 41" tall, 25" wide and 16" deep.
WOODWORKER #1018 Sep 1978 (v.82) pg. 414

Custom design for a bureau/bookcase. This contemporary-styled secretary desk is built from pine. Features include a hidden compartment, file drawer, provision for drafting board, etc.
WOODWORKER Aug 1987 (v.91#8) pg. 718

Bureau and bookcase combination features fine woods and veneers. The base (bureau) incorporates a slanted-front desk, pigeon holes and drawers, large storage cabinet and two large drawers. The top (bookcase) features glass panel doors and four shelves.
WOODWORKER Apr 1990 (v.94#4) pg. 324

Secretaire writing desk (essentially a cabinet on tall legs) features a large lower drawer with a drop front which acts as a writing surface and four small storage drawers. Overall dimensions: 34" wide, 18" deep (closed) and 49" tall.
WOODWORKER Aug 1990 (v.94#8) pg. 806

Secretary-style cabinet on casters conceals a desktop computer behind the drop-down slant-front. The unit also contains two file-size drawers and four smaller drawers. Overall dimensions: 36"x23"x45" tall.
WOODWORKER Jul 1992 (v.96#7) pg. 48

Small secretary desk features frame-and-panel doors concealing the upper bookcase, exposed decorative dovetails, legs tapered on the inside edges, etc. Built in three sections (desk, base, bookcase top). Overall dimensions: 67" tall, 34" wide, 16" deep.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1989 (v.13#6) pg. 64

Federal style secretary desk (slant-front desk) features oval inlays, book-matched burl veneer, tapered legs, and inlay strips. An involved project.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1999 (v.23#2) pg. 52, 20, Insert

Governor Winthrop secretary desk features 13-pane doors on the upper section, a hinged desk front, three curved-front drawers and cabriole legs.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1970 (v.26#6) pg. 36

Lacquered secretary desk is styled after a 1700's piece. Base has four drawers and stands on ball feet. Dropdown desk top covers the recessed area containing pigeonholes and a secret compartment. Top compartment has three shelves. Special attention is given to the finishing of this piece. Involves the use of gesso paint, art prints, antiquing gel and gold leaf.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1972 (v.28#6) pg. 30

Hepplewhite secretary desk is a reproduction of a piece in the Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts. Base has three drawers and a drop front writing surface with drawers and pigeonholes in the recess. Top has three shelves behind glass front doors. Pediment has turned urns at either end and a carved wooden eagle in the center.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1973 (v.29#4) pg. 26

Satinwood secretary desk is a replica of one in the Museum of Art and Industry (Vienna, Austria) circa 1790. The top cabinet has four small drawers and two cupboards and a shaped gallery top. The writing surface is hinged to fold out and is supported by the single drawer beneath it. The legs are squared tapers with metal ferrules at the foot. The desk has elaborate inlay and painted decoration. Dimensions: 26" wide, 16" deep and 44" high.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1977 (v.33#3) pg. 38
Added Info WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1977 (v.33#6) pg. 8

Classic English-styled desk with book case top (circa 1850). Features leaded-glass doors on the book case. The desk features a slant-front (drop front) and three large storage drawers. Overall dimensions: 75" tall, 16" deep, 28" wide.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1986 (v.42#1) pg. 10