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Federal Desk Plan
Federal Desk Plan Item #56439
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Desk Support And Hinge Set Item #31040
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Federal Desk Plan and Desk Support & Hinge Set

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Federal styling relies on simple elements combined to create an elegant, complete design. Our secretary desk uses oval inlays together with tapered legs and slender, light-colored inlay strips.

Hardware automatically pulls out lower support.

When you close the deck, the hardware pulls the support arm back inside to the stored position. Low profile hinges and pull-out supports maintain a clean, tidy look. The hardware attaches to both sides of your desk. Statuary bronze plated steel, 12" overall.

  • Brush up on all your shop skills, including veneering, leg tapering, dovetailing, inlaying and banding!
  • As you open the door on the Secretary, the door supports slide smoothly out into position.
  • Plan includes exploded views, shop drawings, cutting diagrams, material list and shop tips.
  • From Today's Woodworker.
  • 12 pages.
  • Desk support and hinge (31040) sold separately.
(1) Federal Desk Plan or Desk Support & Hinge Set
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Weight 1.0000
3.0 / 5.0
26 Reviews
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This is a very nice project for somebody who wants to test their creativity.
A very nice plan in terms of dimensions. A nice improvement would be a solid wood plan or some type of information if this were to be built with solid wood due to the fact that different joints would be needed to maintain proper construction. Aside from this the hardware that comes with this plan and project is of decent quality. And the plan is fairly intuitive for most intermediate woodworkers. It’s a nice project. When I built this project I used solid wood and had to make some minor adjustments to make the plan work with the different construction methods. It still worked out and the finished product is a very nice desk that will certainly turn heads with the rich color and burl front.
Clean construction with the drawer and door supports.
Matching up two burl veneers.
Finished desk with a spray  lacquer.
May 14, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wonderful plan
I love it, but where do I buy the inserts and pulls?
December 24, 2017
over 2 years ago
Finally my desk is complete!
We purchased an antique secretary desk years ago and the drop front mechanism was missing. This desk support and hinge hardware worked well and was easy to install. Our beautiful desk is finally complete.
May 25, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
An easy project
I've been a woodworker for over 30 years and found this to be an easy project, the plans are easy to read with pictures and drawings, the hardware worked great. I build this Federal Desk a few year ago. This desk takes woodworking skills that some don't have but if you take your time and think before you cut, you too can build this heirloom. Thanks Rockler
July 16, 2014
I ordered only the hinge set...
I ordered only the hinge set to repair an old writing desk. The parts arrived promptly, had a nice antique finish, and seemed solidly built. The price was great and I was very pleased to find these. They worked nicely even though the style was slightly different from my missing originals.
March 10, 2011
The hinge parts came earlier than...
The hinge parts came earlier than I expected and fit perfectly.The price was half of what I had seen elsewhere.
February 14, 2009
I actually only needed the hinge....
I actually only needed the hinge. It was used for a barrister bookcase that had one stack with an insert for desk use and a drop front. The hinge was a little too long but we just carved out a little more for the inset. Worked great!
May 29, 2008
Rockler desk support and hinge
I built a fly tying cabinet for our craft room. I really wanted to use the secretary desk/pull-out support mechanism and Rockler was the only place I could find one. We have an older secretary cabinet and the hinges on that are very different, but the result is the same. It was challenging and I made a mock-up first so I could anticipate all the problems. It all worked out great and I am very happy with my cabinet.
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September 23, 2019
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
easy to do
would recommend for for anyone with a little experience , easy to follow all steps to complete
July 20, 2018
over 2 years ago
I ordered both the hinge set...
I ordered both the hinge set and the desk plans. The hinge and support mechanism are fantastic. The plans do require a bit of work on the builder's part, but give a basic framework. I never build anything by someone else's plans, anyway - I always want my projects to have elements of my own design. The set of plans I received had some of its dimensions missing. I emailed Rockler and their staff furnished me with a pdf file containing the needed measurements. The plans call for the desk to be built from hardwood faced plywood, but I built mine from solid cherry with a mahogany front. I extensively modified the interior dividers to my needs, and also reworked the angle and dimensions on the sides to make it look a bit more cohesive. Overall, I thought the plans were great. This is not a project for a beginner. In order to make the top fit correctly, count on spending a significant amount of time adjusting angles and distances. It can be done, though. The result is a desk which I have received numerous compliments on.
January 28, 2012
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We needed hinges like this for an old desk we were refinishing and this was the only set we could find. Thanks
Les D on Aug 17, 2018
My husband wants to make one for our daughter.
Arlene T on May 6, 2018
We needed hinges like this for an old desk we were refinishing and this was the only set we could find. Thanks
Les D on Aug 17, 2018
Desk caught my eye, wife wanted a replacement for an old desk and I think this is it.
Ray D on Aug 6, 2018
My husband wants to make one for our daughter.
Arlene T on May 6, 2018
Was exactly what I needed. Web site was supper in every way.
John M on Mar 20, 2018
To replace the same on a vintage desk I purchased: has a missing part.
L H on Mar 14, 2018
I am restoring an old desk and needed replacement parts. I hope this will work.
Arlene T on Dec 25, 2017
Ken P on Dec 2, 2017
Been looking for a secretary desk. Perfect project for winter.
Victor B on Dec 2, 2017
I needed to replace the hinges on an antique federal desk I recently acquired. The replacement will make the desk condition mint for an 80-year old piece of furniture.
Esther L on Oct 29, 2017
its what i needed. your shipping rates are robbery
aimee h on Oct 25, 2017
have a secretary in pieces and i needed a new hinge set
Taylor U on May 3, 2017
I am making a secretary desk for my wife.
Byron V on Mar 20, 2017
Jonathan R on Mar 6, 2017
To repair my mother's old desk so my daughter can enjoy it!
john.mcglynn on Mar 3, 2017
No one else seems to have produced this item to correctly repair these doors.
Courtney on Feb 9, 2017
Redoing a desk and needed hinges.
Marzell C on Dec 9, 2016
Using it as a basic starting point for the desk I'm building
Thomas D on Oct 2, 2016
nedd them for an antique desk that id repair
Jorge R on Aug 4, 2016
Good quality hardware and was easy to install.
Mike N on Apr 21, 2016
Reb8ilding old secretary desk for friend
Tom L on Apr 20, 2016
fits the style of the desk
douglas h on Apr 9, 2016
I bought the plan in hopes that some day I will build the desk for my granddaughter.
J A on Feb 7, 2016
To complete drrop down desks for my grand daughters, (4) of them
Gary K on Dec 30, 2015
Have been looking for a desk like this, which i can improve on.
jeff r on Jul 4, 2015
Our daughter was given a secretary desk that belonged to her husband's grandmother. The hinge on one side was missing and a coat hanger had been jury-rigged to help it open. We wanted to repair the hinge properly and we found this kit at Rockler that appears identical to what was used on the other side. I searched and searched the internet and this is all I found. Thanks, Rockler!
Lynna S on Jun 30, 2015
I have a secretary desk that needs the lid support and drawer pull parts.
Mary M on Jun 22, 2015
Hope to use these pieces on a writing table for a young lady.
Ron R on Jun 19, 2015
I have a 1940 something desk, which the hinges were broken years ago. I am restoring it and want to repair it so it will function well. This is the only site that has such reasonable prices. Thanks alot.!
Sandi L on Apr 26, 2015
Refinishing a secretary desk that the furniture stripper lost the hardware for. This is the only hardware that I have been able to find that I can modify to fit my desk.
Peter K on Apr 14, 2015
Desk caught my eye, wife wanted a replacement for an old desk and I think this is it.
Ray D on Aug 6, 2018
Was exactly what I needed. Web site was supper in every way.
John M on Mar 20, 2018
What are the dimensions of this desk?
Stephanie B on Nov 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I just moved and have not been able to lay my hands on the plans to reference. If you can ask again in about 30 days, I will dig for them among the boxes, and hope to have he answer. Again, sorry.
I am trying to figure out how to hinge a part of my countertop that extends over the washing machine. I would love not to have the piano hinge showing the whole way, but it needs to hinge UP, so it folds over onto the rest of the counter. Your secretary desk folds up, so I wondered if the hardware you are selling would work for my purposes? It's pretty heavy...
Serra H on May 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you do not want a hinge to show, why not use a SOSS hinge. They are available at Rockler in various sizes and are invisible when closed. All you would need is a support for under the counter top
Can I buy just the hinges without the support arms for item #31040 ? thank you.
Alan S on May 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The hardware for this project is only available as a complete kit, including the hinges and desk supports.
Do you have to buy BOTH The Desk and Support Hinges for this to be operational?
SCOTTIE M on Sep 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Scottie, The plan is separate from the necessary hinges. You have two options. 1- build the desk and use another type of hinge of your own choosing. There are many secretary desk type hinges available. 2- spend the extra $20 and get the Rockler hinges. If you decide to go with the Rockler hinges shown in the plan, you need to know they are a bit technical to install. I made a mock-up and figured out how to install them and also identified many potential problems which I avoided when building my cabinet. I didn’t build the federal desk, but rather a standing cabinet to use for my fly tying equipment. Anyway, if you build anything, it’ll be fun. David
What are the dimensions?
Aurora S on Jan 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Aurora tell me, dimensions to what?
Would the hardware fit most vintage antique desks that's work like this? I need replacements and nobody answers me on other sites. Please help!
Amy B on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. Every desk is different. I was only able to use some of the parts and had to customize some of the others.
I am looking to buy item#31040 but i only need the hinges not the supports can i buy just the hinges?
Alan S on Apr 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Actually the hinges is all we used as well. If I would have bought the hardware before building the desk I may have been able to make changes and use them.
May I have the precise measurements for the hinge set? I just acquired a secretary with one missing Hinge -appears to be the same, but would like to check length and angle before ordering. Thank you!
Ann D on Jun 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: the length of the arm is 11 1/2 long to the curve, it attaches to guide board so do not know of what you ask about an angle
I have an Ethan Allen drop door secretary desk I need a strap hinge that is mortised to fit flat on desk 4 and 3/8 the hinge and a vertical strap 5 and 3/8 long that fits on side of the drop door the hinge is broken where the two flat straps are hinged. Any chance of finding this hinge or should I try to put different hinges on door?
Peter S on Jan 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used the hinges from the federal desk from Rockler for a desk for the grandson. Since I sent it back to school with him I can not be sure that the hinges are the same but since I made the desk on an old family heir loom I am reasonably sure that the hinges have remained the same for a long time and should be a good solution to your problem.
I am trying to find replacement small knobs for the support arm - approximately 1/2" diameter. any suggestions?
Janice C on Jul 6, 2018
Need a hinge that mortices flat? Not to attach to side of desk
ken k on Sep 27, 2017
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