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Ever build a desk?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by timbernet, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    Anyone on here ever build a desk?

    I have a 12'x12' room that I use for my computer room/home office. I used to use those cheap 8' folding tables you would find at Office Depot, etc. They worked, but were ugly and had no cable management, etc.

    I am looking to spruce things up a bit, maybe incorporate some gun storage... maybe....

    I just came back from IKEA -- I could probably spend $2000 in there easily, but I don't want to! I thought about getting some 1"x1" and screwing that into my wall (on two walls, so "L" formation) and then getting some (insert wood here) and screwing that into the the 1"x1" and having some supports on the far edges and maybe at the elbow on the "L".

    So I started looking at doing this and noticed that most don't screw desks together, they use glue and "biscuits" ---- hmmm, I don't have a biscuit cutter (except the one down in the kitchen :laugh:) -- I was thinking screws with those little insert things you stick in the screw holes that cover the screws would be fine...

    I was thinking about integrating some wire management into the unit, putting some power distribution units connected to my three UPS's --- I would run some speaker wiring for my 7.1 surround sound I have for my computers.... speaking of computers, I have 4 computers on my desk - part of the reason for the need of cable management and a custom solution.


    So has anyone on here made a desk? Am I on the right track? Or should I just get a generic desk from Office Depot/IKEA and live with it?
     
  2. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I think I have built some things similar to what you are talking about here.

    Screwing cleats to the wall is similar to some of the techniques I use, piece of cake for the rite guy, if you want drawers then that is more complicated.

    I am licensed and bonded, doing remodel work since 92.

    Aren't you the guy with a pistol range? I am in the need for some basic training and some shooting time as I just bought my first pistol and can't hit the broad side of a barn with it I was told I am limp wristed.:huh:

    Send me a PM if you think we could help each other out, I think I am close (Corneilius Pass and Sunset Hwy).

    Edit: I see your in Boring so not so close, still I would be happy to maybe help you get started.

    Good luck.
     
  3. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    Sorry - no range here.... :(




    Yet :thumbup:
     
  4. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I would suggest you build your counters out of particle board and then cover with laminate, attach to the walls with 1x2" cleats and use plenty of wood glue.

    Kinda hard to explain, but I think you would be happier with a permanent nice set up, looking at maybe $250 in materials and a bunch of labor.

    Work is spotty lately so I have some free time and my Buddy Bill just called today and asked me to come see him in Carver sometime soon, if you want I could pop in. No charge or commitments, purely gratis.
     
  5. bwells

    bwells Longview Member

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    I used an old interior door with a two drawer file cabinet on each end. I took the door knobs off and had instant cable management. With the amount of stuff I typically have piled up, you can't tell it's not a real desk. :D
     
  6. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have built stuff like a desk. http://www.northwestfirearms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12919

    Cleats will work fine for the sides against the walls. Make sure you screw into the studs, or you could have issues later on. \

    Biscuit jointery is very easy and creates a very strong joint, but yeah, you have to buy a biscuit joiner. They typically don't cost to terribly much and if you plan on doing this again, its a pretty good tool to have for future projects.

    The screws with insert idea you are refering to is probably pocket joining. These are pretty easy to use and make good joints also. The link is to the simplest/cheapest pocket joining jig out there. You will still need some other stuff to use it, including a drill and clamps.
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    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=5985

    I would strongly recommend that you make a plan and carefully consider how you are going to build and connect everything. Hand drawn sketches are fine, but try using a program like Google Sketchup. It is free, easy to learn, and very powerful.
    http://sketchup.google.com/

    I would also recommend going to http://www.woodworking.com They have a ton of resources for ideas and answers.

    I would be happy to answer any of your sketchup or woodworking questions that you come up with along the way.

    HTH
     
  7. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    @gunnails: Thanks for the offer, sadly with my schedule and timeline to get this done I don't think I could find a time that works.

    I am going to play around in Google Sketchup and see about a design. I stopped by Home Depot today looking at wood and laminate, etc, etc. If this long weekend goes right I may have photos to show everyone!
     
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    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    Rough, very rough, very, very, very rough Google Sketchup... at least gives me an idea for how much wood to get.

    I don't have wire management, etc in there, but I am not drawing that!!!

    Desk.jpg
     
  9. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    How you doing, What kinda guns do you have, is it easy to get a concealed carry license in your state?