Replacing a Hand-Me-Down

This cherry desk with shelves was designed and constructed for a family in the Boston area. It will replace a hand-me-down that was not functioning as well as they would have liked. The clean lines of the design are meant to keep it simple and understated in a small, quirky room with built-in-shelves and many crazy angles and faces. The desk is all mortise and tenon construction. The center drawer has hand-cut dovetails. The shelves are attached to the desk top with sliding dovetails. The shelves fit into the carcase of the shelf with sliding dovetails. The shelf back is frame and panel with the panels tongue and groove. The wood is quarter-sawn cherry finished with a wipe-on varnish.