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Pigeonhole desk covers clutter

First popular in the late 18th century, the roll-top desk has remained a favorite for more than 200 years. It's not surprising, considering its classic "pigeonhole" styling that combines functional practicality with attractive design.

This do-it-yourself version includes all of the features you would expect in a fine desk. The base contains six roomy drawers (the bottom drawers on each side are deep enough for file folders), a wide middle drawer and two pull-out drawing boards. Up above, there are 16 handy nooks and two small drawers. It also has a pull-down roll-top cover.

The Roll-top Desk plan, No. 571, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams and a shopping list and cutting schedule. A package of desk plans, No. C77, is $24.95 and includes this plan plus plans for a small roll-top desk, a secretary and a Franklin desk. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow about four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum and allow about two weeks). To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o (St. Petersburg Times), P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Credit cards: call (800) 828-2453.