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Blog entry by KellyS posted 1810 days ago 1060 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 11 year old niece asked me if I would build her a desk for her bedroom so she can study. She’s my niece and my little gluing partner, so how can I say no? Problem is, I really don’t know where to begin and really not sure whether what I’ve came up with is ergonomically correct. I don’t have the money to go “all out” on something ultra nice and she lives in a double wide mobile home (Yep, we’re from Georgia), so she doesn’t really have a lot of room in her bedroom. I wanted something sort of simple, but sturdy. I’ve looked around and found something sort of like my sketch in metal and plastic. I think this will be suitable, but I just wanted to get a little feedback on my design before I begin.

Kaylee's Desk

Here’s my plan:
1.)I have about a 1/2 sheet of 3/4” oak plywood left in the shop that I can make the 20” x 32” desktop from.

2.)I would like to piano hinge the top to open up into a 4” deep box for books. pencils, and paper. I plan to make the box out of the same 3/4” plywood with a 1/4” hardboard bottom.

3.) I have a couple nice rough sawn 2×4 oak boards that would clean up nicely to make the legs and feet from and use a half lap joint at the foot and legs and then attach the legs to the box using t nuts and bolts.

I figure desktop height needs to be about 30 inches. Does that sound right for a 12 year old?

Should I slant the box and desktop maybe 10 degrees or something? Or should I leave it flat?

What about the feet? They’re 16” which I believe is sturdy, but are they too long?

Any thoughts, suggestions, comments are more than welcome
Thanks for the help
Kelly

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.



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JohnVV

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#1 posted 1810 days ago

I am not an expert, but…

30” might be a bit high for a 12 year old, but will be good soon enough. As for the feet , the plans look good to me. She’ll be leaning on the front of the desk, so keep the feet under the front.

-- -- John, Washington, DC

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KellyS

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#2 posted 1810 days ago

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I found that by googling “desk height”, but I sort of agree with you. I might try to make the height adjustable.

Thanks
Kelly

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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Air Tool Review

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#3 posted 1809 days ago

I don’t know about the shape… but here’s an idea for the paint job. What if you turned the table into some sort of scrapbook of her childhood memories. Glue pictures and flat artifacts on top, then coat it with some sort of clear resin to seal it in forever. Then she’d have happy memories with her whenever she works.

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Moron

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#4 posted 1809 days ago

I have never ever, let a neice, a daughter, or an Aunt or for that matter, even a wife….............dictate my itineary?....................saying “NO” is essential to personal sanity.

That said, DaveR’s drawing would be as good as it gets

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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KellyS

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#5 posted 1809 days ago

I like the split top idea, that’s definitely doable and would make it better. I’ll be sure to add that feature. I think she might like the scrapbook idea. She really likes doing craft projects, so maybe I will go that route and maybe use some of that pour on top coat stuff (can’t remember what it is called).

Yeah, I shouldn’t let them dictate the schedule and I usually do what I want, but other than my workbench, I don’t really have anything on my agenda at the moment and that 1/2 sheet of plywood is in the way. Good time to use it before it gets ruined.

Thanks for the help
Kelly

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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