This is a small computer desk we named Seb, an old family name that we were considering for our son. I was working on this at the time and was going to name it after him. In the end we called the boy Sam, the desk Seb. What can I say?
The project started as a study in CNC router techniques. I’ve worked with traditional techniques for a number of years and have been very interested in how these methods might evolve for digital production on relatively inexpensive (3 axis) equipment. This work uses birch plywood in various thicknesses and high pressure laminates for the functional surfaces. Laminates can be laid up before CNC cutting or can be sourced off the shelf. Natural wood elements are used to soften the piece and add organic character.
Traditional dovetails, which relied on a attention to proportion for their effect, have been reinterpreted for round tooling.
Lapped joint with concealed fingers, can be machined flat with a 3 axis router but assembles to hide the internals. Clean lines can be achieved on the case work.
Stack lamination is used to build hollow forms, in this case a pen pocket inset into the top of the desk.
Parts cut from solid wood, in this case yew, need particular care to avoid break-out on corners. Cutting round dovetails on the ends requires special workholding and again care is needed to avoid splintering.
In this piece the drawers are reversible and a second wood is used to allow a change of mood. Drawer pulls are achieved by cutting into the fronts.