Winsome Wood Rochester Console Table with one Drawer Shaker

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Winsome Wood Rochester Console Table with one Drawer Shaker

Handsome and simple console / hall table with one drawe. Shaker style in antique walut finish. Assembly required.
  • Wood Console Table ; Color Finish: Antique Walnut
  • Drawer with pull for storage ; Material: Solid / Composite Wood ; Assembly Required: Yes
  • Traditional Styling compliments most decor ; Drawer provides storage and features brushed-nickel hardware
  • Antique walnut finish ; Sturdy square legs which taper downward
  • Sleek design ; Easy to assemble with parts and tools included

List Price : $ 120.00

Price : $ 57.63

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Sauder 418213 Writing Desk, Salt Oak

Voted best in the County! this writing desk from the County line collection will win your heart with its contemporary flair and countrified roots. Finished on all sides in a fresh Salt Oak finish, the desk offers plenty of surface space for your computer, books or office supplies. Slim drawers underneath can hold other materials, such as a notebook or documents.
  • Two drawers with metal runners and safety stops.
  • .Finished on all sides for versatile placement.
  • Salt Oak Finish.

List Price : $ 122.46

Price : $ 121.13

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Writing desks are modern pieces of furniture that may be found in both home and office settings. Although originally designed to serve the sole purpose of handwriting letters, the uses of this type of desk have changed radically over time — especially given the invention of the PC. Its history can be traced back to the 17th century. During that time, a writing desk was associated more with a status symbol of wealth because of its cost and the fact that most people of that era were illiterate.

Numerous classical desk styles dominated between the 17th and 20th centuries. Among them were Queen Anne, Victorian, William and Mary, and Georgian. Such styles offered the highest-quality of ornate hand-craftsmanship available at that time, like gilding, elaborate wood-carved patterns, dovetailed joints, cabriole legs that curved outward from the desk before ultimately curving back inward and ending in a ball-and-claw design that resembled an animal’s paw. Such intricate architecture also explains why only the wealthy could afford them and such desks were initially regarded as more of decorative pieces or status symbols instead of functional pieces of furniture. The typical writing desk model produced during that historical era had a flat writing surface that was roughly 30 inches tall and was supported by bobbin, cabriole, or trumpet-turned legs. The flat writing surface at the rear of the desk was supported by a wall with several desktop storage units that were also called “pigeonholes.” Writing implements, sensitive documents, and other various files were stored in these spaces. A set of drawers that extended for the full width of the desk were located underneath the writing surface. Many desks came with a flip-down or roll top that slide down over the writing surface and pigeonholes that locked into place to secure the user’s privacy and sensitive documents. They also occasionally came with a hutch or shelving at the top, based on the user’s needs at that time. A classical writing desk of this era was constructed of wood — mainly walnut and later on, mahogany. Desks made of pine, cherry, and oak could also be readily found, however.

As overall literacy increased, so did the demand for functional and affordable desks, especially among the middle and lower classes. Combined with mass production capabilities of the early 20th century, the elaborate wood carvings and other indicia of ornate craftsmanship largely disappeared. In its place appeared features that were rapidly producible by steam-driven machines. From that point on, materials other than wood were used to construct these desks; steel, laminate, and even glass became very common. This was also the point at which such desks became more affordable for the masses.

The inception of the personal computer wrought even more changes for these desks. Their horizontal writing surfaces were enlarged to accommodate computer monitors. The desks also had built-in compartments where scanners, printers, and other PC peripherals could be stored. Pigeonholes were done away with, as sensitive documents were now stored either on the computer or inside of file cabinets that frequently replaced the drawers that once spanned the entire width of the desk. Due to the desire for greater practicality and affordability, the hutch also disappeared in most models. Many modern desks had modular designs that could be dissembled and reassembled as desired; whereas, classical-style desks were built as bulky, one-piece units.

Many of the classical writing desk models have become extremely rare nowadays. However, many replicas are being manufactured at relatively attractive price points. Such desks can be very beautiful decorative furnishings. However, a contemporary desk design may be a superior alternative for those who are looking more for affordability and practicality.

Jane Damad writes about desks and office furniture on her blog, The Desk Guide. For more tips, check out these helpful guides: What to Look for When Shopping for Antique Desks, Writing Desk Reviews, and Tips for Buying a White Desk with Hutch.

I built this writing desk in a weekend, and I bet you could too. It’s quick, simple, and elegant.

I designed this to be a quick and easy project, while not being ugly. The top is a simple plywood piece, but dressed up with some faux breadboard ends which give the illusion of a much more difficult solid hardwood top. The understructure is made of red oak, but with very simple joinery. The majority of it is simple, strong, pocket-hole joints. However most of this is hidden away so no one can see. (There are also a few dowel joints, which was a compromise when I ran out of pocket-hole screws!)

I built this in about 8-10 hrs of work, followed by a few more hours of applying finish, spread out over three days.

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