On a visit to Ralleigh in May for a Triangle Woodworkers Association monthly meeting, I visited my favorite consignment furniture store. It did not disappoint being filled with lots of news inventory for me to examine and share. Three desks stood out to me as being especially worthy of exploration.

First up is a large carved desk. Not much storage but lots of carved details.

We believe that the top covering had been leather but is now felt paper.

We believe that the top covering had been leather but is now felt paper.

A carved sphere on each leg.

A carved sphere on each leg.

A leaf on a scroll?

A leaf on a scroll?

Even the stretchers get their own treatment.

Even the stretchers get their own treatment.

Next is this attractive yet fairly conventional slant front desk.

Nice desk. Hardware is a bit much.

Nice desk. Hardware is a bit much.

With a nice but rather conventional gallery.

No door or drawers behind a drawer.

No door or drawers behind a drawer.

Only thing is the sliding door that allow access to a storage compartment below the gallery and above the drawers.

You can't call it a secret compartment. As soon as you open the desk, you immediately see the access door.

You can’t call it a secret compartment. As soon as you open the desk, you immediately see the access door.

If you look at the original picture, you can see the drawer that usually lives between the lopers (lid support) is missing.

The last desk is this ornately carved fall front desk.

A bit fancy for me. Hard to dust.

A bit fancy for me. Hard to dust.

It too has a missing drawer between the lopers.

Where's the drawer?

Where’s the drawer?

When you look in the gallery, you can’t see any obvious access to the storage compartment.

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Until you find the sliding board in the floor of the gallery.

Sliding board allows access. This might qualify as a true secret compartment.

Sliding board allows access. This might qualify as a true secret compartment.

And in this desk, the lopers are actually small drawers.

A loper and a drawer. Makes good sense to me.

A loper and a drawer. Makes good sense to me.

Click HERE to see more pictures of the desks and the rest of the furniture at this shop.