Happy Birthday David Roentgen!! The German cabinetmaker was born in 1745. Although his work has been described as clumsy, he is the most celebrated German cabinetmaker of the 18th century. He was known for his secret drawers and mechanical fittings. He learned his trade in cabinet making from his father and eventually took over his manufacturing firm. Roentgren was expert at intricate marquetry (inlaid patterns of light and dark wood). Note the inlaid scenery in the Roll Top Desk below.