Imagine being surrounded by your own personal command and control center that allowed you to work and play without ever leaving the comfort of your easy chair. This is the concept a client approached me with a year ago. The idea was to create a pair of desks that could be placed on either side of an over-stuffed recliner. Holes would be cut in the tops of the desks and customized containers placed under these holes to accept everything necessary for my client to do his work or play music.
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Compartments would need to be created for a variety of remotes, an iPhone, several harmonicas, guitar picks, notebooks. briefcase, drink holder, box of tissues, and flat panel display, with additional spaces for multi-line telephone and computer keyboard.
The photo above shows the recessed containers in one of the desk tops. A removable cover with a slot in it accommodates a box of tissues. The photo below shows the other desk top. Flip-up doors hide compartments for briefcase, musician’s notebook, and flat panel monitor.
Here are the desks installed in the clients home, set up and ready to use.
I also made a removable music stand that installs in one of the tops. The stand can hold two pieces of sheet music placed side by side. Doors in the sides of each desk provide for additional storage space. A motorized lift raises a flat panel display up from the inside of one of the desks.
Each desk also has four drawers and some hidden compartments. Below is a photo of one of the drawers while the pieces were still under construction in my shop.
The primary materials used were figured bubinga and wenge. No stains were applied to the woods, just a clear finish, so all colors one sees are the natural hues of the woods themselves. The tops were veneered with bubinga that I sawed on my bandsaw. Everything else is solid wood (with the exception on an interior shelf in each unit). Though these are visually simple pieces, they were a challenge to design and make.
I inlaid a rare earth magnet into the top of each flip-up door before veneering them. I then turned a small wand and installed another magnet in its tip. To open a flip-up door one simply touches the wand to a door and it opens due to magnetic attraction.
If you ever want to know what to get the person who has everything, here it is.