Although this merchant's desk is modeled after an antique one, mine has several enhancements. A shelf installed at the base strengthens the legs and gives the user a place to rest his foot. The mortise and tenon joints on the original failed due to the size of the tenon. Therefore, I chose to install double tenons with the top tenon fixed while the bottom tenon floats. The inside of the desk is more elaborate with drawers and doors as well as pigeon holes. The hidden compartment plan has three hidden compartments that allow the merchant to hide valuables. The lid has a built-in way of propping open to ease access. The legs are adorned with hand carved lamb’s tongues.
Dimensions: Hidden Compartment plan 37.25"W x 29"D x 42"H closed 65"H open
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