Big @$$ Modular Desk

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Project by WoodScrap posted 01-22-2013 01:20 AM 5055 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Daughter (awesome by the way – yes she is sitting right here) recently moved back home while her Husband is deployed in Afganistan for a year. I told her that I would build her as many pieces of furniture I could in that time provided she helped with the sanding and finishing. This is the first piece. She works remotely from home doing data management so she needed a big @$$ desk for all her monitors and files. The basic design is copied from a Pottery Barn desk. It is modular with each unit approximately 22” wide x 18” deep. Since they are modular you can mix and match, arranging the units as desired. Although I show them all together they can be seperated as well and grouped in differnet areas of the office or other rooms all together. The wood is Red Oak with an English Chestnut stain. The two file cabinets have drawers that are designed to allow legal sized hanging folders in one direction or letter size in the other. There are two adjustable book shelve units, a three drawer and a CPU unit. The tops are all removable so you can choose which two to use under the corner unit top. The hutch on top is three seperate units so she can move them from one side to the other. They are the perfect height for the PC monitors. I was one drawer handle short as you can see. Lastly there is a secret compartment just for fun.

Fun project!

Thanks for looking.


-- Rick -Tulsa

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 01:27 AM

WOW! Outstanding and made for someone special. Doesn’t get much better.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 02:17 AM

I second that WOW great job.

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 03:22 AM

Well done! Nice looking. I also use three monitors and have found the arrangement you have very useful although mine are closer together. Great idea for the hanging files drawers dual use.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 05:55 AM

I looks GREAT. A awesome desk for a awesome daughter.


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#5 posted 01-22-2013 03:35 PM

Very cool desk. The only thing I would point out is most computers today need airflow directly to the CPU and that usually means a hole with a fan in the left hand side panel of the PC. Your setup looks pretty tight. If your computer starts acting funny it may be overheating. A hole in the vertical partition would increase airflow.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 01-22-2013 04:04 PM

Thanks Rex. I left the back of the CPU compartment open just for that reason. On this particular PC the fan is vented in the back. There’s about 1 1/2 inches clearance on the side if I move the unit all the way over to one side. I will monitor it though and can always add a hole in the partition as you suggest if it becomes a problem. I appreciate the feedback.

Thanks again for looking

-- Rick -Tulsa

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 01:19 PM

Beautiful job on this project.

Very good setup for someone working at a computer all day, or running a business.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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