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» Basic Layout Sketch

(this gives you a better perspective how a writing slope desk goes together)
basic layout

corner joints

» Corner Joints

A beginner woodworker can create simple rabbet or miter joints and still create a beautiful writing slope. If you are more experienced woodworker with advanced machinery, decorative joints such as inlay dovetail are a lot of fun.

» How Many Inkwell Compartments?

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1 inkwell compartment
1 Inkwell Compartment
(right or left side)
2 inkwell compartments - same size
2 Inkwell Compartments
(same size)
2 inkwell compartments - different size
2 Inkwell Compartments
(different sizes)
If your longest pen is over 7", we recommended only one (1) inkwell compartment.
fountain pen
NOTE: You will need to know the size (L x W x H) of your ink bottle(s).
» View popular ink bottles here ...

» Drawers and Hidden Mini Drawers

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hidden drawers 1
One Large Drawer
(no hidden)
hidden drawers 2
Three Small Drawers
(no hidden)
hidden drawers 3
Multiple Drawers
(hidden behind false front)
Hidden mini drawers can be tucked back inside and under the inkell compartments. Therefore it is important to know the size of the ink pot or bottle to be used with the writing slope. This will determone the overall height of your desk during the construction layout.
hidden drawers 4
Two Skinny Minis
(hidden behind main drawer)
hidden drawers 5
Two Square Minis
(hidden behind main drawer)
hidden drawers 6
Two Hidden Drawers
(various sizes)

Integrating a Rocker Blotter Storage Compartment

Rocker Blotter StorageIf you plan to use a rocker blotter, we figured out a way to store it inside the desk. With our design, we added a custom partition so that the rocker blotter is snug in place during transport. We placed it in the back compartment, where various drawers and inkwell compartments were located. This seemed to be the best location, allowing headroom for this tool to stand upright.

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» Handles for Easy Transport

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Brass Recessed Handle
Brass Recessed Handles
(2) Mounted on the Sides
Antique Recessed Handle
Antique Recessed Handles
(2) Mounted on the Sides
Brass Bail Handle
Brass Bail Handle
(1) Mounted on the Front
Brass Recessed Handle
Brass Recessed Handle
(1) Mounted on the Front
Antique Bail Side Mount
Antique Bail Side Mount (one on each side)

» Leather for the Panels

The leather, once glued in place, serves as the 'hinge mechanism' for the writing flaps. Take a look at this quick image tutorial which will hopefully explain in more detail about installing leather.
Forest Leather
Mahogany Leather
Black Leather
Black Leather
Antique Blue Leather
Antique Blue Leather
Forest Leather
Forest Green Leather
Chestnut Leather
Chestnut Leather
Blackberry Leather
Blackberry Leather
⦿ Adding Leather ⦿ Hardware ⦿ Rocker Blotter Compartment ⦿ Building a Slope