Free-form two-person desk.

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Project by riverguy posted 10-01-2012 12:37 AM 3544 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Lovely Bride wanted a “kidney-shaped, free-form desk with no square edges, big enough for our two work stations, small enough to fit into the allocated space, with a mid-century-period look.” It also had to have room inside for two drawer stacks and for any and all electronics stuff to make the office work, because she could only tolerate one small cable-cover coming out of the desk. So the Internet modem, router, her laptop that she uses hidden away with an external display and keyboard, and the subwoofer for the sound system on my computer, all had to fit inside. On the desk would be her display and keyboard, my laptop and external display (I use both all the time), speakers, USB hubs, and whatever minimal wiring it took to connect it all.

No problem. The pics show the basic skeleton, after the mahogany curved corners were installed, after the oak plywood was installed, the “business side” with the drawers in place, and finally, the finished product in place!

This was a fun project, a bit out of my ordinary project itinerary, but when Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy. Mama was happy!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 01:34 AM

Nicely done, it looks great!

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 03:23 AM

cool design and a good build.

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 12:29 PM

Totally awesome! What a creative, beautiful, practical piece. Great job!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 12:35 PM

That is a really nice desk. I like the form.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 04:05 PM

Thanks for all the kind words about the desk! It was a fun, week-long project, and one that was kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants. I did basic drawings, of course, but made LOTS of changes as the project progressed and there was always a better way of dealing with the next part. If anyone is interested in the whole process, I posted some photos here:

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 05:59 PM

That is an awsome looking and functional desk. I love it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 07:13 PM

Thanks, Tim! “I usually measure twice after I cut…...then I know for sure that I cut it short…..” Now it’s all beginning to make more sense: I’ve always wondered why after I cut it twice it’s still too short!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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