|Project by Kyle Hooks||posted 08-02-2014 01:02 PM||2845 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
I got hooked on woodworking with this project. I grew up learning basic woodworking skills, but it really became a passion when I needed a really specialized desk I couldn’t find anywhere else other than in my head.
With the birth of our second child, I lost my office in our 3-bedroom house. I’m in an online graduate program, so I really need a desk to study at home. I needed one that could fold away and be hidden in our bedroom, but at a 90 degree angle from the wall so that the light from the monitors wouldn’t wake my wife at the rediculously early hours that I study (starting at 3AM or so).
So this is the design I came up with. I think if we move, I’ll leave it in the house and build a new one wherever we end up because there are so many things I’d do differently.
The whole unit roles on a 4” locking caster and is attached by door hinges into a stud. Folks who have seen it are surprised by how sturdy it is…at least my 2-year-old hasn’t been able to pull it down yet.
Here’s some more detail pictures:
As a former IT nerd, cable management was important. Here’s how I did that. You’ll notice from the project photos above, my laptop actually sits on the bookcase side of the desk and the cables (4 of them: power, USB dock, VGA & HDMI) pass through to the desk side.
Staining it was interesting. Here’s the desk pre-stain. This is how I learned how to stain before final assembly. I actually had a mishap where I knocked it over and had to fix a couple broken pieces.