|Project by screwge||posted 03-07-2011 05:44 AM||5378 views||17 times favorited||8 comments|
I built this desk with “floating” base cabinets because I didn’t wan’t to pull up the carpet and base and have to deal with re-installing it. (I decided on this because I thought if we ever sold the house, it would be easier to remove the desk and turn the room back into the second master bedroom).
As you can see, the old setup was just a mish-mash of unorganized messes. This was a much needed upgrade and well worth every penny… -About $1800.00 total for materials -Labor on weekends and whenever I could about 6 months. _
- All cabinet boxes were assembled using pocket hole construction
- All drawer glides are full extension soft close
- All drawer boxes are 1/2” baltic birch dovetail construction with 3 coats of poly
- Doors have 1/2 overlay european soft close hinges
- There are 32” wall mounted plug strips under each work space with cord holes in the desktop
- Cord channel mounted on the desktop, for concealed cord management
- Cork wall board
- 3 pencil drawers, 1 at each work space
- Under cabinet task lighting
- Desktop is covered with high pressure laminate
If I had to do it again….
I would use cabinet grade plywood and paint or stain it. (Melamine is extremely hard to work with. You must use a very sharp, clean (and you must keep it this way) high quality finish blade, and a zero clearance insert. Even at that, it’s easy to get chip-out.
I would definitely yank out the carpet and just build regular base cabinets.
I have even debated pulling everything out and starting over. But for now, I’m just going to leave it. I just have too many higher priority projects.
Oh well, live and learn.
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