Corner computer desk from "HECK".

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Project by Dadoo posted 2462 days ago 5214 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been “dancing ‘round the barn” as to whether I want to post this project or not. It’s the desk from “HECK” which is one doorway short of “HELL”. This desk was built to plans from Woodsmith magazine with very little modifications. Usually I build to my own plans and design the project to fit. This one seemed to measure up so I built it to the plans’ dimensions. It turned out “almost” too small. I added the shelf on the right side for the scanner and tower placement. In the near future I plan on adding a set of drawers to the left side. This desk almost went to the bonfire pit, but there is just too much blood, sweat and tears in it to do that. So I keep modifying it. Which is also why I haven’t plugged the screw holes on the left side.

One of the killers here was that I had a router table made from a scrap of MDF counter top. It was a great idea at the time and added to the tablesaw, allowed the use of the saw fence as a router fence. Unknown to me though that after a year, the table had sagged about 1/32” so when I routed the bisquet slots for the maple edge, then took the router out to route the slots on the MDF top…Well, after the glue had dried, and I flipped it over and noticed the maple edge was 1/32” higher than the laminate top! It took weeks of sanding and scrapeing to get it down to the proper level. Did I mention that this was Maple? Hard as concrete maple? Anyhow, I ended up messing up the edge of the laminate in areas, so I then routed a 1/4” groove and placed in a strip of inlay. By the way, your wood chisles make for a very good detail scraper when drawn backwards.

It is a sturdy desk and is designed to knock down quickly, not that I really need that feature. But being in pieces made it easy to get it thru the door. The top must weigh 100lbs! I swear, it is heavy! Being in pieces also made it easier to carry. Anyhow, I’m gonna add a black cloth panel to the front to mask that 4” design space. There is a keyboard drawer in the plans too, but we prefer a more solid typing platform. That and my keyboard is wireless, so I can toss it on the side when not needed.

The shelf over the desk is 3/4” birch ply with a maple edge. (Got the bisquet slotting down to a science now!) The poster board is made of a tacky face, like post-it-notes but cost $35.00! You know I didn’t pay that much! It was damaged so the clerk sold it to me for $6.00! So I cut off the damaged edge and made a maple frame! Then there’s that clock. It’s a 1923 Ingraham and didn’t work at all. Someone had overwound it. So I took the springs out and allowed them to relax for a few days, then refinished it (cuz I want it pretty) and got it running again! Dadoo’s Shop…We do it all!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 2462 days ago

Here’s another reason I decided to post the desk photos:

And NO, I didn’t “roll the dice” until it came up!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 2462 days ago


and so how do you like the desk now that it is finished an in the room?

(nice tips re: the poster board and the clock)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2462 days ago

The power company called. You’re causing an overload on the grid. :-)

Seriously though, it’s an enviable office space. Nice job!

Biscuit-jointed maple edging on a plywood shelf? Dang, you ARE the perfectionist. I just tack on some screen molding.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2462 days ago

Cool beans

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 2462 days ago

Good job on the desk. I have the same problem with my saws table doubled as a router table. I just noticed yesterday that I had a sag in the table. What a great opportunity to build an out feed table and make it wide enough to cut sheet goods!

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#6 posted 2462 days ago

Sounds like learned a lot on this job. All’s well that ends well!

Good job!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 2462 days ago

Good job Dadoo. Hope it fits into your plans of keeping / making it better.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2462 days ago

Looks like a nice setup there. Good job Dadoo.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 2462 days ago

I like it Dadoo. I can’t imagine tackling such a complicated project. Good job.

I would offer this piece of advice about the keyboard tray for your consideration. If the plans you referred to are for one of those slide out drawers, I would reconsider before using one. If you pull out the drawer about 6-8” or more, you are almost certain to cause yourself to be further than the ideal distance from the monitor, ergonomically speaking. It also makes reaching things on the desk a little more difficult. I think those slide out drawers were an attempt to make the keyboards “height” compatible with a desk in the same way that a typewriter was always lowered to make typing easier. The catch is that when a typewriter is used, the work your eyes are focused on are brought to the proper distance easily. Not so easy with a monitor. Not even a flat panel monitor. I think it’s better to give up that height convenience and compensate by raising the seating height. Like you said, you can also just move the keyboard out of the way when not in use. Safety first, even ergonomics, I always say.

-- Jim

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#10 posted 2462 days ago

Hi Dadoo;

Now you have no excuse for not getting the paperwork done. It may become the desk from Hell after all. LOL

Nice job. Sounds like quite a learning experience, as most projects should be.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 2461 days ago

Definately a learning experience guys, but it did turn out quite solid. I’m just not satisified yet because the top really needs to be bigger. I mean, I’m elbowing the printer all the time. So although I’m still “hemmin’ and hawin” about this, I will eventually get it right. The den is a 9×12 room off the main living room. I’ve seperated the two areas with French doors for peace and quiet…That really helped during last years Superbowl party where the wife had to work in here while we watched the game. Didn’t interrupt her a bit. But given the room sizes, I also want to add a window box seat with lateral file, and two storage cabinets with two bookcases on the top. And add a 18” wide drawer unit to this desk. It’s all in Dadoo’s mind…which seems to be the only way to design at times!

Oh Charlie, The power company just fired up a 15 unit wind farm in Munnsville, about ten miles from here. So we’re safe power wise.

Outputter, I’m still tossin’ the idea of a sliding keyboard drawer. Problem with those is that you get a bounce effect when typing. And yes, it pulls you further back from the screen. But it would also give me a dust free area to store the keyboard when it’s not needed. Desk space here is at a premium so if I can stash the keyboard and get the printer further away I’d be real happy.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 2461 days ago

A wind farm… hmmmm… Now when you plant a crop of wind do you just seed the field, or do you have to get little wind plants that were started in a greenhouse?

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#13 posted 2461 days ago

These things bug me as they remind me of that War of the Worlds movie! As I drive by I’m always waiting for them to come marching down the hill!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 2460 days ago

That’s pretty awesome, Dadoo. Nice work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 2274 days ago

Nice looking desk. All the hard work makes it wrorth more.

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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