MONSTER Built-In Home Office Desk w/ 3 workspaces

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Project by TD69Mustang posted 03-07-2011 05:44 AM 7040 views 18 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 06:34 AM

Looks great! I love the floating cabinets. Would make it so easy to clean the floors. I really appreciate the fact there are no cables visible anywhere.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 06:55 AM

The cabinets look like walnut. Is that the melamine? I don’t think I’ve ever seen walnut melamine. Whatever they are, they look great.

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 08:16 AM

Yes it is melamine in a walnut finish. Melamine comes in dozens of finishes. I doubt you could order it through one of the big box stores though. This was purchased through a commercial wood supply company at $65.00 a sheet.

Here is a link to one of my other recent projects that I did in a different style of melamine.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 03:48 PM

We’re all our own worst critic, right? Looks great from what I can tell, I wish my office looked half that nice. Great build!

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 04:24 PM

Very, very nice. If you rip them out to build another set I’ll come pick up the old ones. Seriously the difference between the old and new pic are not and day.

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 08:12 PM

Wow. I’ll say it again. Wow. I love the fact that even the computer is floating. Great job.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 08:12 PM

I second the compliments on the cable management and being able to keep floors clean! I’ve been wanting to redo our home office – this gives me great ideas! Great project!

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 01:37 AM

Very nice work Screwage.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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