Let me make one thing absolutely clear: this Kagen Schaefer’s pipe organ desk is not a DIY project that most people are going to be able to pull off at home – it took him three years to build and he knows what he is doing. Us mere mortals can merely admire the view.
In his own words:
The Pipe Organ Desk has been in the works for more than 3 years. It is entirely made from solid wood down to the last screw. It features an octave of functional wooden organ pipes. Should you play the correct sequence of notes or tune, a secret compartment opens up.
When you push in a drawer on the desk the air is directed to one of the organ pipes at the front of the desk, sounding a note. Some of the air is also directed into a pneumatic logic board. The logic board within the desk actually keeps track of the notes played. When it picks up the correct tune it unlocks a very special secret compartment. The logic board, can be reprogrammed to pick up any tune, so at any time the song may be changed to a new tune. It is powered entirely by air, and it is made entirely from solid wood.
Hidden in the desk are many other puzzles and secret compartments storing clues and scraps of information for anyone on a quest to play the correct song. This project has been an odyssey for me. I am refreshed to be nearing the end a long journey, having learned a lifetime of skills along the way.
Pneumatic logic boards, secret compartments, puzzles… and I thought my desk was special because it was mounted on my wall. Did I mention that the desktop is a combination of Bastogne walnut, ebony, and pink ivory woods?