Computer Desk

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Project by RandyM68 posted 01-24-2012 07:24 PM 1436 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a copy of Turbo Cad to play with a few months ago. One of the first things I drew was this desk. My wife said it looked cool, but she knew I’d never build it. So then I had to do it. You know, the old reverse psychology thing. Nobody has ever really been able to make me do anything, but tell me I can’t do it, and that just pisses me off. I hadn’t really built anything out of wood in over ten years, so I don’t think it looks too bad. And it got me hooked. I haven’t stopped since. I built it in place, so it’s rock solid. I screwed 2×4 ledger boards to the studs, and laid a 3/4 ply subtop into the corner. As my house is extremely un-level, un-plumb, and un-square, everything was cut to fit. The legs are boxes made of pine 1×4s, dowelled and glued together, with custom trim on the feet. One leg is a1/4” shorter to keep everything level. I put 3/4 red oak ply on top. The drawer box and top shelf were supposed to be oak, also, but being cheap. I went with whitewood pine. The top shelf and key board tray are made of pine stair treads. I found out that pine doesn’t even stain like oak. The oak looked like fine furniture, the pine looked like crap. Also being lazy, I just globbed another thick coat of stain on all the pine and let it dry in place. Then three or four coats of poly. I know that/s not the way you’re supposed to do it, but at least now you can’t see that ugly grain from across the room. This thing is big. Four feet square minus the cut out for the chair. When I set my computer back up, my perfectly good 19” monitor was tiny. Good thing I saved all that money on cheap lumber, I had to spend $300 for a monitor that was big enough to see.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 04:49 AM

Good job Randy

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 04:23 PM

Thanks, Jim.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#3 posted 05-10-2018 11:24 AM

This computer desk is so nice and beautifully done. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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