So ever since I got bitten by the woodworking bug, the wife has been tolerant but hardly supportive. I can understand that, since I’ve mostly been spending money on tools, and spending time in the garage.
So I was pleasantly surprised today when she agreed to let me use my minimal woodworking skills to makeover our home office, something we’ve been thinking about for a long time.
Originally, we were planning on simply getting a desk and storage system from Ikea (I know, I know, just simmer down!). The office isn’t exactly where we want to spend our bucks on “fine furniture” – it just needs to be efficient, look decent, help us organize, etc. That way, maybe we’ll actually sit down to do some work at home!
In a nutshell, the plan calls for a single, long worktable spanning the entire wall of the room (approximately 10 feet), which would provide ample space for a dual monitor desktop workstation and a laptop workstation, writing area, etc. Wall mounted storage on top (thinking horizontal cabs) with puck lighting onto the desk. Turns out it would actually be cheaper than Ikea (believe it or not) for me to make the desks out of double layer [maple? birch?] plywood. For the cabs, I’ll probably just get the boxes from Ikea and make the fronts myself to match the tabletop.
Where I’m getting stuck and in need of ideas/advice is the legs. Not really married to any particular material – just want it to be slick, contemporary, and, you guessed it, cheap. I suppose I could just look at using the various leg styles Ikea has on their desk systems as a last resort.
Have any of you built something like this? Looking for some inspiration!
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