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Project by PhilBello posted 05-31-2018 06:20 PM 644 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while since I have been physically able to undertake a project, and this took far longer than I would have liked, but it got done. Unfortunately I now spend more time in our office than I do in the workshop, that being said, being stuck on a small desk, even with lovely views out of the window, was getting me down.

It was time for an upgrade, our office in the smallest room in the house (with the exception of the ‘smallest room’!), but probably the most used, however until now, it has comprised of two cheap chipboard desks, and my wife rarely uses hers, it was a waste of space, I wanted to spread out.

The room lends itself to an ´L´shaped desk top, allowing a window on each wing. I looked at, and downloaded numerous plans, and then chucked them all in the bin, and winged it.

I wanted quality at a budget price, so spent a week or two looking for my desk top, and found it in Homecenter, it is 3/4” plywood with a black veneer, that was going to save me a lot of time and money in itself, so I bought two sheets of 8’ x 4’ and a couple of 3m lengths of 2” x 4”. I took this home in the trailer, and immediately drew out the top and cut it using the circular saw, I also cut out the extra piece for the second wing of the desk, the desk in total is 2.4m x 1.8m.

I have always been brought up to believe in ‘Waste not, want not’, so decided that I could re-purpose both the original desks as supports for the new desk.

I took them one at a time to the workshop, so that I always had a desk to use, one of them I installed long drawers, these I made out of the veneered ply, which I then inset 1/4” plywood for the bases using the dado blade on my saw, they were all assembled using glue and pocket holes.

The second unit I made shelves for one side, but all in 3/4” ply as I didn’t have enough 1/4” left over, and they would be taking more weight anyway, the other side is shelves.

Having finished the supports, I then cut the 2×4 into 1 1/4×1 3/4 to make further supports along the wall, and a cross piece to support across the corner section of the desk top.

I then installed new electrics for the appliances, re-decorated the room ready to install the desk,

I then cut the cable management holes in the desk top, sprayed the desk the same way I had done the drawers, with matt black paint, followed by numerous coats of laquer to protect it.

Having been left for 36 hours to harden, it was time to fit the new desk in place, and it went in like a dream, I placed the support units, put the new top in position, and screwed it from underneath, no glue, it case we move and want to take it with us. A couple of ‘L’ brackets to the 2×4 to stop it moving from the wall, and it was done.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 06-01-2018 01:30 AM

Nice build on a limited budget.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 06-01-2018 01:35 AM

Hey Phil,

You put the Fun in functional! Nice find! I’m starting to become a believer in materials that make my life easier.

Looks good! A little difficult to see it in the full picture.

I have 3/4 plywood flooring that is never going to be a floor. This reminds me it’s going to be shelving/cases for my home office.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#3 posted 06-01-2018 02:13 AM

woodbutcherbynight Thanks, the total cost was about $160 or £115, not including bits I already had, so I am more than happy with the end result, more importantly, it is solid!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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PhilBello

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#4 posted 06-01-2018 02:16 AM

Tom, I enjoyed doing it, even though I am slower than in the past, sorry about the photos, I tried to lighten them up, but even with the blinds closed, it didn’t make any difference. I am happy with the result, and so is one of the dogs, who has already claimed the corner space!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 06-01-2018 03:37 AM

Always good when you can return to the shop, even if in a limited fashion. Glad you were able to re-purpose the saggy stuff, and get it all behaving better for your needs. Sounds like a win win.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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PhilBello

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#6 posted 06-01-2018 10:52 AM

therealSteveN Ha Ha Ha thanks, it wasn’t quite saggy stuff, but I know what you mean!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 06-02-2018 01:51 AM

Phil, If your dog is happy you’ll be happy! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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