How To: Secretary helps keep papers in order

By Don and Dave Runyan, Special to the Times
Published December 8, 2007

Everyone needs a place to take care of household business - a spot to write letters, pay bills, plan a menu or do homework. But many homes lack the space for an office or even a full-size desk, and papers wind up spread out all over the kitchen table.

This handsome roll-top secretary combines refined good looks with space-saving practicality, and it looks good (and fits) almost anywhere. The project features three pigeonholes under a neat tambour top above and a convenient pull-out writing surface and three big drawers below.

The secretary calls mostly for straight cuts of oak and oak plywood, and all of the curved pieces are traced from full-size patterns.

The roll-top secretary measures about 42 inches tall by 28 inches wide by 18 inches deep.

The Roll-Top Secretary plan, No. 933, is $10.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a materials list and cutting layout, a toll-free help line for project questions and a mail-order source for a ready-made tambour.

A package of four desk plans, No. C77, is $24.95 and includes two other roll-top desks, a traditional secretary with a bookcase on top and a small writing desk.

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