Building an Executive Desk with Gary Striegler May 16 - 20, 2022

about this workshop

Every college student knows that a desk can be as simple as a door slab over concrete blocks, but most of us are looking for a little more function and beauty when it comes to a desk. Often, store bought desk plans are so detailed that they would eat up at least a month worth of nights and weekends to build. Here is some good news; thanks to the speed of pocket hole joinery and repetitive cutting techniques, it’s possible to build a beautiful and functional desk in a one-week class. Gary will start the class off with a discussion of desk design. He will then show students the value of making and using story sticks to help organize and execute consistent cuts. Students will use pocket screws to assemble most of the desk which are durable and fast. Trim and moldings will be cut during the week to give a custom look to your desk. Once the desk is finished, it will rival any desk available at any office furniture store.

Unique Instructor Gary Striegler

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A cut list will be sent so you can BYOW; $50 material fee payable to Gary for hardware

Key Points:
*How to quickly and accurately assemble frames using pocket screws
*Use a story stick to organize and execute your design
*Secrets to cut and fit tight joints with moldings
*Method for edge banding plywood to make a stable wood top
*Simple and fast methods for building durable drawers
*Easy method for installing drawer slides using a jig
*Trim details that add beauty while simplifying construction
*A design you can use to build beautiful desks with tools you already own

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Building an Executive Desk with Gary Striegler May 16 - 20, 2022


Availability: Open

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!