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A Desk that Hides Wires

It is also a favorite project of the built-ins' creator, woodworker Brian Clancy. Equipped with detailed drawings by Kurth and her codesigner Tina Schwab, and his collection of vintage and digital-age equipment, Clancy converted cherry planks into desktops, cabinets, drawers, and open shelves. He used contrasting stains to give the reddish beadboard-backed shelves a bit more depth, and chains, screws, chisels, and hand planes to distress the wood­—a preemptive measure when kids and pets are involved, Schwab explains.

Openings in the desktop allow wires to be fed into a hidden chase behind the built-ins. "I'm not a wire person," Ellis say—and, really, who is?

Shown: Cabinet doors under the desk swing open to provide access to the chase as needed.
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