“Secretary” is the name given to a writing desk topped with a small bookcase or display cabinet. The style dates from the nineteenth century and remains popular today, probably because it combines refined good looks with space-saving practicality.
This do-it-yourself secretary project, which can be built with or without the upper cabinet section, features a pull-down desktop supported by two slide-out arms. The desktop can be folded up and the arms pushed in when not in use.
Three large, two medium and two small drawers (plus cubbyholes) provide plenty of storage space, while books and collectibles can be displayed in the upper section behind leaded glass doors (as pictured) or regular glass panes.
The secretary project calls for 56 board feet of oak and a couple sheets of plywood, along with nails, screws, glue, molding, drawer handles, knobs and hinges. When completed, it measures 80 inches tall by 32 inches wide by 18 inches deep.
The Secretary plan, No. 683, is $7.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with 15 photos, full-size traceable patterns, exploded diagrams and a shopping list and cutting schedule.
Also available is “Leaded Glass Windows,” No. U108, a guidebook with step-by-step instructions on making leaded glass doors and windows. It is $2.95. A package of four desk plans, No. C77, is $18.95 and includes plans for this secretary, a roll-top, a mini roll-top and a Franklin desk. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling (for first-class mail, add $1 per item up to $3.00 maximum).
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