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    I want to build a fly tying desk out of purple heart and oak, does anyone know where I can get plans to build one similar to the one in the Orvis catalog (The Alderwood fly tying desk)? Thanks for any info.......CK

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    save your money! They are neat for awhile...till you really accumulate things then you've got no room! I use a typical brown folding table and some of those chest style tall skinny dohickeys to hold all my tying crap and that aint enough.

    If you're still hellbent on it, go to fly anglers online.....you can find plans there...or try a google search.

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    I agree with TradBow about the longrange fate of your desk, but don't want to discourage you from building one. I've seen some dandies and would enjoy having one just cuzz. But I'm a little too antsy pants to do all my tying in one spot, and as pointed out, you'll quickly outgrow it as materials accumulate.

    I have a long counter (with drawers and a knee opening underneath and cabinets on one side and overhead) that works great, but I finally built a "lap desk" that I can use in different locations. Frankly it's kinda nice to be able to sit in my favorite recliner in front of the TV while tying. The critical dimension on the lap desk was width, and I made it just wide enough to fit inside the arms of my recliner so I could rest it on my legs. I also decided 12" was just deep enough to get the tool rack out of the way of the vise on the front edge.

    Ten years later I'm still using the prototype cuzz it worked so well that I have never got around to buildng the final version. The most useful feature is a lip all the way across the way around with a narrow gap for clamping on the vise. That keeps things from rolling off as you shift around. I had intended to route out a groove on the final version, but will probably keep the lip instead whenever I build a fancy final version. It works better than a groove ever could.

    I used 1x12 for the board and 3/4" corner molding to make the lip. The tool rack on the back is 1x3 elevated 4" on three pedestal legs of the same material. You could get away with 2 legs, but I had an inspiration and put in the middle one so I could slip a piece of pipe insulation on it for hanging finished flies. Works great, and it's easy to replace once it wears out.

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    Sorry, I also dont want to discourage you from building one. They definatly are cool looking and I guess if you built a complete table like maybe the size of a computer table and used those chest style stacked draws (I picked up mine at sams and walmart), stored all your extra stuff in those draws it would be nice.

    I tie in one place. Or if I travel I may take a smaller scaled down kit. Problem I have is I cant sit and tie just a few flys. After commercial tying for a few years everything is production oriented. It's nice in one way, I dont have to tie the same thing all the time. Especially now with how little I can fish feshwater anymore. But it will burn you out over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahahawai View Post
    I want to build a fly tying desk out of purple heart and oak, does anyone know where I can get plans to build one similar to the one in the Orvis catalog (The Alderwood fly tying desk)? Thanks for any info.......CK
    Got interested in this idea myself. Here are links I ran across during recent searches:

    Tying desk plans for $6:
    http://www.hanksflyfishingspecialtie...gDeskPage.html

    Desktop bench plans for $10:
    http://www.hooked-on-flies.com/fly_tying_bench.htm

    Or free:
    http://globalflyfisher.com/tiebetter/tying_bench/
    http://www.computer-desk-assembly.com/design.htm; this desk (computer workstation) is a co****, plywood design, not as nice as what you had in mind, but the finished product looks neat for plywood and with modifications could make a very serviceable tying desk

    Tying desks for sale:
    http://tibbalswoodstudio.net/page1.php
    http://www.montanawood.com/flydesk/c...ying_desk.html

    More tying desk/bench ideas or sales:
    http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/...fly-tying-desk
    http://lumberjocks.com/projects/25043
    http://www.oasisbenches.com/
    http://www.flytyingfurniture.com/
    http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/q...-project-5068/
    http://www.stoneycreekflytying.com/full_size_desks.htm
    http://www.norsemandesignswest.com/desks/desks-15.html (This one will impress your guests for sure).
    http://stor-n-fold.com/ (Interesting idea for desk that folds into wall - could be modified for fly tying, or not)

    Useful planning article:
    http://www.helium.com/items/1385757-...gs-to-consider

    Good luck.

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    I used a rolltop desk that I customized for several years. I left the desk to a friend in Ketchikan.

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    MtnGrouseHtr,

    That is cool. And with plans.
    The plans leave some options to add storage for those who want - or not.
    That "fly box" storage idea I like - looks like simple angled slots for stuff.

    Thanks for posting this.

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