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    Project Desk Building

    Some of you may have seen my custom built desk before, but here it is:



    Well I didn't take any pictures when building it as I was in a hurry to get it done. Luckily however I needed to build a second smaller one to put my girlfriends computer on. My desk fits into a space between a chimney breast and the window. There was a perfect desk space on the other side of the chimney to match up.

    To get started you need some materials. I sourced some pine from B&Q. I'm using two 1.5m x 0.6m pieces to make the desk top. I'd like a one piece approach, but I've yet to find anyone who stocks wood big enough for it. I then got a pack of 2m long 1 3/4 in x 1 1/4 pieces to add the structure to the desk.

    I already have 4 table legs, but you can source some very cheaply from ikea.

    1st Step
    The first step was to measure the space I had and cut both large pieces to size. I used a jigsaw for this. Make sure you measure very accurately as it will show up later!


    2 Pieces laid out for checking.

    2nd Step
    Now what I needed to do was cut the trims that go on the front and back of the desk to give it strength. As well as two cross struts to bind the two work surfaces together.


    The structural elements laid out checking the sizes fit.

    3rd Step
    Now I attached the front and back elements to the bottom of the work surfaces. Check that the screws you are using are the right length. I pre-drilled the holes and counter sunk them for neatness.


    The first front/back element in place.


    Both front/back element in place.

    4th Step
    After this I placed the two cross struts in place and screwed them into place, these are the main elements keeping the work surfaces together. Make sure they are in the appropriate location I'm using two to provide lots of strength.


    The cross struts in place.

    5th Step
    Next I cut two end pieces to size and mounted them in place. This gives a uniform look round the bottom of the work surface. As well as plenty more strength.


    The end pieces in place.


    The top of the work surface now bound together nice and tightly.

    6th Step
    To match my previous desk's height I had to match how I had attached the legs. So I cut four small squares of wood and mounted them to each corner. They allow me to attach the legs nice and tight. As well as give the desk a good height.


    The leg bases in place.

    7th Step
    Now to attach the leg's. These came from ikea and have 5 screws each.


    The legs in place.


    Yay a desk!


    And it fits too!

    8th Step
    Now you could be finished now, but I want to do a few more things. First I want a cable hole in the desk to route the cables out of the way. I used a holesaw to cut the hole. Take is slow as the wood can catch fire (Gordy looks all innocent!). Oh yeah and make sure you are doing it in the right place. I did mine on the front piece instead of the back DOH! Luckily I could turn the desk round the other way!


    Cutting the cable hole.


    Sanding the hole to clean it up.

    9th Step
    I now treated the desk with some wax polish to protect the wood. You can do as many coats as you like. It stinks though!


    After drying the desk in place.

    Progress so far

    I've had to stop work now as I need to get the machine up and running. There are a few more things to do. Mainly to create a back piece under the desk to hide all the cables behind. I will continue the log with that section soon.

    Finally some quick pics of the desk in place with the computer on it. Please excuse the cables they are rough and ready.




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    Re: Project Desk Building

    looks proper cool that desk. been looking for a decent desk might build this instead
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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Its very simple to do. Doesn't take too long either.

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    thanks Gordy, thats awesome

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Nps steve. I will take some better pics for the next stage as I will get my camera back on wednesday.

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Cheers for doing a log Gordy!
    That desk looks proper nice, time for me to get building one i guess

    How much did the wood set you back?

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    is the pine prem-board or solid sheets?

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    10/10 for both of those. I'm sure my Dad would give you the thumbs up to.

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Quote Originally Posted by Ap0llo View Post
    Cheers for doing a log Gordy!
    That desk looks proper nice, time for me to get building one i guess

    How much did the wood set you back?
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    Not much about £12 for each of the two big sections and £5ish for the long bits.

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    is the pine prem-board or solid sheets?
    Erm not sure what the difference is sorry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunbuster View Post
    10/10 for both of those. I'm sure my Dad would give you the thumbs up to.
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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Good work.

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    last question... Whats the thickness of the wood you've used?

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    It's 3/4 of an inch thick.

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Very nice work

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    thats fricken awesome!!! Build me a desk pls!

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    Very nice work
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    thats fricken awesome!!! Build me a desk pls!
    Too many other diy projects to do on the house, next are two cupboards and a bathroom to replumb

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    Re: Project Desk Building

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordy View Post
    Too many other diy projects to do on the house, next are two cupboards and a bathroom to replumb
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    Very nice job btw, are you planning on a hidden shelf at the back to hide the wires?

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