Modern Writing Desk (with cool hinge)

13 sep. 2020
98 411 Weergaven

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  • Hmmm i like the hinge! The problem for me is i will have to get everything off of the top to open it. Idk if there is a way around this though lol. A smaller version for in your lap could be a nice build too. (Writing box or writing slope)

    Joshua NorrisJoshua Norris26 dagen geleden
  • !!!!!!!!!!!

    Sergei BarabanovSergei BarabanovMaand geleden
  • You are very talented.

    Dekho Aur SikhoDekho Aur SikhoMaand geleden
  • Very well done! I would leave it made out of plywood, although it would look good in pretty much any wood. I would attach a rod inside the curved part and on it I would place a roll of paper for drawing. Above it, I would attach small boxes with sliding little lids for stationary. Perhaps lids made out of plexiglas, so that you can see what's inside. And yes, access for electrical power and internet for laptop. Great, you are so gifted. xx

    sazenasazenaMaand geleden
  • Can you please make Plans for all your Projects I have Been wanting to Start doing more woodworking Projects For myself and to sell?

    Matthew McDonaldMatthew McDonaldMaand geleden
  • I'm thinking Shiney Primary Colors for paint. I think I'd make this into a really awesome Learning From Home desk for my kid, add some charging and LEDs, maybe a big screen or just a pocket for the chromebook,

    IncendiarySolutionIncendiarySolutionMaand geleden
  • I think if the "hinge pin" went all the way through, it would provide a non-rotating storage bin so the stuff in the bin wouldn't spill out. If you made it close (as another comment said), and the legs fold, you could have a pretty cool portable desk.

    Alan LappAlan LappMaand geleden
  • Cool project! What kind of machine are you using with the doted tape - never saw that before?

    Hauke GierowHauke Gierow2 maanden geleden
  • have a 4 burner camping stove will have a new look for the 2021 camping season

    Jennifer WhiteJennifer White2 maanden geleden
  • Beautiful design. I would love it in cedar.

    Michael HazenMichael Hazen2 maanden geleden
  • I'd flip it over so the curved part was on the bottom, and hide an LED light strip up inside the curve for indirect lighting of the work surface (and if you're working at night, it won't light up the whole room)

    Chris DanlyChris Danly2 maanden geleden
  • Hello, my daughter (7) and my son (4) said : in red or in blue or in green, it must be beautifull. Thanks a lot for your wonderfull work (and sorry for my horrible english :)

    Matthieu BEBINMatthieu BEBIN2 maanden geleden
  • bicycle bearings in the turning mechanism could making the movement smoother

    eric kingeric king2 maanden geleden
  • Another great video !! Editing on point ! A nice dark stain to Finish. Ready for a museum of fine art !

    Artie ShellArtie Shell3 maanden geleden

    CR BulldogCR Bulldog3 maanden geleden
  • Hey Laura, what are those clamps you use? I can't seem to find them anywhere and I'd really like to find em. I see them at 3:22.

    Seth FSeth F3 maanden geleden
  • It has a very mid 20th century retro feel about it

    Richard GregoryRichard Gregory3 maanden geleden
  • Rrrrrrrrrrrrespect to the schöne Drehpunktlösung! Als Oberfläche the oneandonlywonderful Linoli-Linolo-Linoleum

    Plattenladen BerlinPlattenladen Berlin3 maanden geleden
  • It'd be really cool to integrate a plexi panel with light so you could make this a drafting table. It's already got the slope...

    Gabriela GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez3 maanden geleden
  • Interesting idea, I'm surprise you didn't know how to finish it before you started though. Unless your going for a look that incorporates those exposed screw heads you'll need to figure out some trim to cover them, maybe a piece of stainless to match the base. Unfortunately that hinge won't hold up long termn you should probably drop a stainless steel ring over the pin on the next iteration. Modern high end desks have some cool features now, wireless charging, an incorporates and hidden power bar, it should have a light to illuminate the work surface with the top up. You'll have to figure out how someone could use a computer comfortably too.

    Adam PetersonAdam Peterson3 maanden geleden
  • Flip the design so the curvature is stationary, mount screen in the lid + connected to a Raspberry Pi, small rotating shelves, and integrate a cutting/crafting mat onto the top side of the lid for sewing + non heavy crafting.

    Maeve BarukMaeve Baruk3 maanden geleden
  • This is awesome. Holy crap. Love your work.

    Michael MadisonMichael Madison3 maanden geleden
  • What are your thoughts on your willi-Zimmer "100/R" bandsaw? I've seen it in your videos since 2016, Seems like it is extremely reliable!!

    Vikas SMVikas SM3 maanden geleden
    • It is! I bought it 10 years ago probably and it’s always awesome :)

      Laura KampfLaura Kampf3 maanden geleden
  • I actually love the plywood. You could add a shelf that stays level regardless of the lid position... and the circle needs to be highlighted to show off the mechanical hinge!! Could you monogram the lid for a custom piece too? 😁

    jess bayleyjess bayley4 maanden geleden
  • That could be my sculpt table... 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢 Need only a vanish...

    esculpart 3desculpart 3d4 maanden geleden
  • Wow that's nice!

    Made by JesterMade by Jester4 maanden geleden
  • You should watch 3x3 she did a night stand with wireless chargers inbedded in the top...that is one thing you could incorparate into it. I would add a storage compartment for the chargers also.

    Rick PicciniRick Piccini4 maanden geleden
  • The table that you made from red🔴 wood paduak is the most attractive furniture till now

    Spear TipSpear Tip4 maanden geleden
  • Just found your channel, very cool project. That little gap at the back when open though... I would lose SO many pencils down that gap :D

    The VarzothThe Varzoth4 maanden geleden
  • 🔴wah bg...emang keren nii☺️💕

    Ayu audia PutriAyu audia Putri4 maanden geleden
  • I would build like to see this built out of poplar or some other really figured wood that you could show off with the top, a light underneath when you open it would be cool , and maybe like a writing paper dispenser on the lid

    Native Son Wood ArtNative Son Wood Art4 maanden geleden
  • I love the term "3D Sketch". There's those projects that you just need to make quick and dirty to see how they work. Adjust and make the second one even better.

    Dillon NicholsDillon Nichols4 maanden geleden
  • Chapeau für deine Super Videos Interessante Themen Klasse und mit Liebe ausgeführt Unterhaltsam Moderiert

    Thomas HabelThomas Habel5 maanden geleden
  • To finish use contrasting colours for the hinge 'pin' , the circle, and the side. The hinge is the star after all in this design.

    A fisherA fisher5 maanden geleden
  • It kinda reminded me of the aluminium airplane wing table Giaco built a while back, a combination of those two would be interesting.

    tiefpunkttiefpunkt5 maanden geleden
  • Aluminum and oak

    Roberto Martinez SalazarRoberto Martinez Salazar5 maanden geleden
  • I love it, I almost liked it better with the pencil lines on it -- felt more prototype-y and fun.

    Tiffany VincentTiffany Vincent5 maanden geleden
  • that's very very nice

    Mattia CamnasioMattia Camnasio5 maanden geleden
  • Laura! Eye protection!

    Denver NowDenver Now5 maanden geleden
  • That is awesome. I would install a rotating shelf/boxed section extending the entire width of the inner circular section of the table, from hinge to hinge. Say, to hold pens, etc. Maybe consider using bearings so that the self or boxed section remains in the horizontal whether the lid is closed or in the open position. To hold the lid in the open position, maybe some gas pistons/cylinders.

    Andrew AmmendolaAndrew Ammendola5 maanden geleden
  • What about bowling alley wax for super smooth wood hinge action. Great us of the shaper origin, your way!

    Jesse KrembsJesse Krembs5 maanden geleden
  • A couple of thoughts. Staining the wood would create a perfectly servicable desk as you've finished it. Just about any darker hued hardwood such as walnut, teak, even red oak or maple, protected with a clear buffed oil surface would look fantastic and service the user wonderfully for years. The metal legs might be encased in the same materials as the desk to add a more polished appearance and add furniture skids to the leg bottoms. Thoughts on the desk surface: as someone who writes extensively as part of my work, in my experience, writing on hardwood isn't ideal. I therefore place a felt surface over my oak desktop as it facilitates the smooth writing and helps control slippage. You might add a hardwood lip at the bottom of the desktop slope to prevent items from cinstantly rolling onto the floor. A lovely final product as presented.

    Roger H WernerRoger H Werner5 maanden geleden
  • Very cool hinge system.

    Scott BennettScott Bennett5 maanden geleden
  • SO GREAT !!! I really appreciate your work and I'm glad to be able to see it ! Unfuckably Great !

    dopfontherundopfontherun5 maanden geleden
  • Hello Laura :) What is the machine that you use at 2:40 ? I'm cabinet maker but I've never seen it before, and I haven't understood how it works...

    Barney Vander CruyssenBarney Vander Cruyssen5 maanden geleden
  • I'd paint it a musdard yellow. It looks "modern" as in the design style and the 60-70s colour would work well.

    TheForsTheFors5 maanden geleden

    Cheb Ridha - الشاب رضاCheb Ridha - الشاب رضا5 maanden geleden
  • Really nice job. I think that I personally would add a shelf that also pivots inside, that that when the lid is open could have writing utensils stored, most likely horizontally, so that you always had something to write with on your writing desk. Alternatively you could have a utensils cup that is available even when closed and a suitably shaped opening in the lid that would allow you to open "past" the cup and pencils so that thy were available when the desk was open or closed.

    Solarpunk LifeSolarpunk Life5 maanden geleden
  • love the Origin!

    David DierDavid Dier5 maanden geleden
  • legal

    gwen tennyson sousagwen tennyson sousa5 maanden geleden
  • você é muito linda...

    Amanda FerreiraAmanda Ferreira5 maanden geleden
  • Bonjour, elles sont en quoi les baguettes que tu affutes?

    Toto PareilToto Pareil5 maanden geleden
  • It'd be cool to make a shelf that didn't rotate in the barrel area. To make it overly complicated, you could put bearings in the center of each side, thread a rod with a shelf welded to it through the bearings, and weld some weights to the underside of the shelf to keep it from rotating when you open the table. Or just flip the whole thing and make the side connected to the barrel the bottom and build in all kinds of awesome shelves and drawers

    Rob RodgersRob Rodgers5 maanden geleden
  • What is the device being used at the 2:50 mark?

    Matt JacksonMatt Jackson5 maanden geleden
  • Amazing work thank you.

    Sylvestre SanchezSylvestre Sanchez5 maanden geleden
  • Holly on the hinge, and pegs instead of screws. Like you said with the walnut would be killer!

    Phillip ElmorePhillip Elmore5 maanden geleden
  • Linda y bella....saludos

    Victor Raul Flores BautistaVictor Raul Flores Bautista5 maanden geleden
  • this augmented reality Oberfräse quite awesome

    Thomas BenslerThomas Bensler5 maanden geleden
  • Mount a screen in there and you've got a great art desk along with gaming station all in one. :P

    NathanNathan5 maanden geleden
  • I would make the lid the base so you do not lose the curve space

    NathanNathan5 maanden geleden
  • Hang little baskets inside the lid! If you hang them on a rope or hook they'll rotate as you lift/lower it, so stuff doesn't fall out. You could fold square or hexagon ones out of thin mdf and lasercutting hinges :)

    Guus RemijnGuus Remijn5 maanden geleden
  • I would build in a work light that comes on when you open the desk, but can also be switched off if it isn't needed. Also I would paint the metal frame black. I also agree it would look killer in walnut or some other naturally dark coloured or stained timber.

    Silverhand 77Silverhand 775 maanden geleden
  • This is so cool! Q: are you planning on making progress on the horse trail camper? Please don’t hate me, I’m just so curious 🤓🤪

    Luca PelatiLuca Pelati5 maanden geleden
  • You could have an LED strip inside the top section that automatically switches on when the lid is opened.

    Noisy BoyNoisy Boy5 maanden geleden
  • Why did you make it upside down?

    John ManaJohn Mana5 maanden geleden
  • Great nav station for a boat.

    Sylvie RattéSylvie Ratté5 maanden geleden
  • Personaly I don't like metal legs on woodwork tables. But that's just a question of personal taste. As well as I think the metal screws are not the finest sort of woodwork connectors I can think of. Personal taste again. IMHO definetly the top needs some drawers to put stuff in like you find them in antique secretary desks. probably the center drawer could hide/open up a large 32" computer monitor. The round part of the top could hold a nicely hidden cable conduit. The tabletop could have a vertical revolving stage, which would put a keynoard and a foldout palm rest on top if turned upwards and hide the keyboard and palm rest when revolving 180 degrees giving a nice plain wooden surface when the keyboard is hidden beneath. A small caninet hiding a mouse and having a possibility of charging a cordless mouse would be fine. As well as a lot of USB connectors and charging ports leading to a shelf beneath the tabletops back, where a desktop computer or even a power workstation could rest horizontaly quite hidden. Probably you could design a wall mount version, which can be flipped by 90 degrees upward to free up space for double use in small rooms. IN that case the shelf for the PC had to lower at the same time to vanish vertically unterneath the table folded upward. I personaly like tables that are hight adjustable, so that I will not have to move away from a table when deciding to work standing up or probably show something to a colleague (its always more comfortable standing at a table together than sitting side by side - my taste. The tabletop surfaces could be smooth and nice and shine so that putting the soft lower side of your arms on it while typing will give a warm and tender touch. Uuups I think this would get a large project if you used all my ideas until here, so I stop phantasizing for now ;-)

    Michael W. DietrichMichael W. Dietrich5 maanden geleden
  • This is a really cool concept! In my mind, it might be cool if there was a shelf inside the lid that oriented itself when you open/close the top. Similar to your 'folding table with wooden hinge' idea perhaps?

    Alexander GibbonsAlexander Gibbons5 maanden geleden
  • could the curve have a 'floating' shelf (one that stays level) for storage?

    ruperts23ruperts235 maanden geleden
  • what is that funky tool with the camera???

    ruperts23ruperts235 maanden geleden
  • Reminds me of a drafting table but with storage abilities. Very cool design!

    natalietsangnatalietsang5 maanden geleden
  • 5:19 Is that a Jimmy DiResta ice-pick in your pocket or are you just happy to making such a cool secretary? OK, now cast that puppy in iron and ceramic coat it!

    InformationIsTheEdgeInformationIsTheEdge5 maanden geleden
  • Love the project, but equally impressed with your ability to operate a TIG foot pedal WITH YOUR KNEE!!! You are da bomb!

    Tom TTom T5 maanden geleden
  • Looks like a vote booth

    M CM C5 maanden geleden
  • It would be cool if the curved back section was joined flexibly, so it’d be straighter with the desk open and more curved with it closed. It reminds me of the slide-up doors on the outside of fire trucks, or maybe the Microsoft Surface book bendy tablet thing

    Abcdef GhijkAbcdef Ghijk5 maanden geleden
  • Sieht etwas aus wie nen Kofferraum Deckel. Also vielleicht ein Vinyl wrap mit Heckleuchten....

    Psych OlockePsych Olocke5 maanden geleden
  • How about a metal or magnetic strips on the inside of the lid to hold notes or photos

    Herv GlavotaHerv Glavota5 maanden geleden
  • I love that desk so far. Thanks for sharing the build! I think it would be cool to incorporate some additional functionality into the rounded back. Just a thought but if you made it curl around a bit more on the inside maybe pens, pencils, rulers and other odds and ends could be stored there? I guess it would also be good to have some inserts to create separate areas. If you want to integrate some tech into the desk, that back part might be used to house some built-in bluetooth speakers, a raspberry pi or arduino and a strip of programmable LEDs. I like the idea of working at the desk listening to music from my phone while the LEDs fade between colours

    urb obneurb obne5 maanden geleden
  • Was für ein geiles Projekt! :-D

    ZozzoneZozzone5 maanden geleden
  • I think it needs a tray for Pens/Pencils/Office Supplies that resides where the pin of the hinge would be...It could either be static and be part of the pivot point, or it could be "self-leveling" similar to one of those no-spill bowls they make...

    Noah AronsonNoah Aronson5 maanden geleden
  • Add some slick plastic strapping to the round hinge to reduce friction? And add a bead of wood to the top of the desk (when closed) to use it as a drafting table and preventing your pencils/markers from rolling off.

    messy shop videosmessy shop videos5 maanden geleden
  • Maybe some shelves on the back of the lid would be cool, like little boxes or storage for pencils and stuff

    Nicolas AndrésNicolas Andrés5 maanden geleden
  • I love this. The design is a beautiful functional solution. I would cover the top in dimpled copper and make the wood dark and distressed as a throwback to old-school writing desks.

    Reid BuckReid Buck5 maanden geleden
  • You could add hanging storage on the inside for papers/books. Possibly a lip on top to keep pencils and the like from falling off. Walnut is always a good idea, but a rad paint job could be just as nice.

    David BuffingtonDavid Buffington5 maanden geleden
  • It would be cool if the curved part was like a tambour drawer. Would make it hard to figure out how to close smoothly though.

    Peter CheeksPeter Cheeks5 maanden geleden
  • Muito bom 😃

    ArtnovetorArtnovetor5 maanden geleden
  • The top could be used for art/drafting. and the underside could be used for textbooks and studying.

    Nico LichNico Lich5 maanden geleden
  • Hi laura I really like your hobby and trying to make some little things, but just for your health, it's better to wear a mask and glasses to protect your eyes. Keep on being creative.

    براء برموبراء برمو5 maanden geleden
  • Have you thought about using a “lazy Susan” as a rotation point. They tend to be relatively strong and relatively inexpensive.

    JOSH SMITHJOSH SMITH5 maanden geleden
  • Cool. You could mount a monitor to the bottom of the lid so when you open it up it's ready as a workstation.

    Eric F. MyersEric F. Myers5 maanden geleden
  • For lights I would use LEDs controlled by a micro controller (Arduino, or clone) a tilt switch to detect Lid Open and a colo(u)r selector (Shaft encoder) for mood lighting adjustment. for the exterior I would choose Melamine. in a bright color. You do You Laura (I am curious to see what You do!)

    Joel HudsonJoel Hudson5 maanden geleden
  • I really like this as a prototype. It was inspiring to me to see you put in the leg-work to try out different things for the final piece. It was a satisfying end-result which means a finished product will be pretty dope.

    dirtymick01usdirtymick01us5 maanden geleden
  • Cool desk, love your videos. A couple if wee suggestions. 1) add sawdust to tge glue when gluing the curved section? 2) add teflon strips to both the surfaces of the pivot points? It may facilitate a smoother opening and closing. Cool project though. Keep up the videos. 👍

    George HealyGeorge Healy5 maanden geleden
  • I could see a flat-screen tv or a monitor mounted to the underside of the lid.

    Wyatt Speight RhueWyatt Speight Rhue5 maanden geleden
  • The inner and outer sides and drawer front could be solid wood. Walnut Is a great choice. But the writing surface and top are really best done in the Baltic birch ply and Veneered. Lots of grain conflicts and wood movement with large panels. I do love the design. You could run wiring through the metal leg assembly and include integrated charging.

    Kevin MackKevin Mack5 maanden geleden
  • A light that turns on when you open it.

    PfaeffPfaeff5 maanden geleden
  • Flip it over like Pete says. Finish clear wax, and black satin metalwork.

    21 2121 215 maanden geleden
  • Exelente video, gracias

    Juan BrizaJuan Briza5 maanden geleden
  • Great design!

    Ernst de Roo-StraatemansErnst de Roo-Straatemans5 maanden geleden
  • Nice Work Laura! BTW why no disclaimer that this is a sponsored video by Festool ;)

    Jose MoralesJose Morales5 maanden geleden