Stickley-Inspired Desk

Arts & Crafts furniture, such as this Stickley-inspired desk, is often a gateway into woodworking and period furniture. In my experience, many woodworkers – hobbyists or professional – who build furniture began with Arts & Crafts designs. (Shaker is another style way up there on the list.) When asked why, many talk about great designs, including straight lines and interesting wood grain that is striking without being ostentatious.

(Fig. 1) Many of the L. & J. G. Stickley desks had no slats of the ends and rear. I like that detail, so I added it into my design.

Loosely based around a number of desks of a similar design and style built by L. & J.G. Stickley, I designed this desk to incorporate different features found on Mission furniture that I found interesting – features that pulled the overall look more toward my liking (Fig. 1).

Added were slats at the ends and back of the desk, and a full shelf fixed between lower side rails – I envision storage, but expect that in real use it probably will be little more than a footrest. For the upper desk area, the design is simplified with two compartment areas split in half horizontally. A simple cutout on the compartment top and a minimal design on the compartment backer introduce curves, but just enough to catch ones eye.

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3 thoughts on “Stickley-Inspired Desk

  1. What a gorgeous desk, Glen! I always appreciate your clear and easy-to-understand and follow directions and appropriate photos. Thanks for another awesome project!

  2. Glen your desk looks great. Building this desk in your class was a great experience. Thanks for everything.

  3. Nicely done, as someone who dies a lot of both shaker and arts and crafts, while the cuts are fairly simply, you have done a great job catching the finer nuances of the technique.

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