• hi i want to make a desk
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So to be honest I haven't done much along these lines before, but I want to make a desk for my room. It helps that I'm not 14 and I built one of those small prefab houses in mexico once so im an expert!! I've got all the basic equipment to make it and I've also got money. I want something lightweight and durable. I could move out in a couple years so I'd like to take it with me to wherever I go. It'll be an L shaped desk and here's the dimensions in my professional layout image i spent 4 hours on making this so pls dont laugh [img]http://filesmelt.com/dl/dimensions.png[/img] Ok and seriously here's a mockup of it in my room with all my hardware on top, ALL to scale. I've got enough of a gap from the walls and windowsill to run cabling. [img]http://filesmelt.com/dl/WIP12.png[/img] Any recommendations on what wood to use and such? I'm sure I'll be capable of making something of fairly good quality but I mainly just want it to be sleek and functional.
use 1.5 inch plywood for the sides and 2 inch for the tabletop. spray about 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of whatever color you want. i would finish it by laying some lexan on the top, for a shiny and non sticky surface. and let it dry, for a long time.
Let's hope at least you are able to whack together something remotely looking like a desk, unlike that kid. :wink: Oh well it seems you've put a lot of thought into it, so good luck.
[QUOTE=FreeBee;31053969]Let's hope at least you are able to whack together something remotely looking like a desk, unlike that kid. :wink: Oh well it seems you've put a lot of thought into it, so good luck.[/QUOTE] what kid?
[QUOTE=ManicMarauder;31056484]what kid?[/QUOTE] [URL]http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1083227-Making-myself-a-desk-_-(-I-m-only-14-(15-in-june))[/URL]
oh lol [editline]11th July 2011[/editline] i have faith in you Dog
thx~ wow thanks tumblr my picture is broken reupped
I'd suggest filing the corners, don't want to fall over and hit ur head or arm's etc on them sharp corners.
Either way make sure there is support for w/e you are going to be using this desk for (looks like a PC) Perhaps you could place your tower underneath you wouldnt be placing a heavy load on it then.
[QUOTE=Gfoose;31084124]I'd suggest filing the corners, don't want to fall over and hit ur head or arm's etc on them sharp corners.[/QUOTE] Fucking this, a detail like that is actually surprisingly important.
I would make it in 2 pieces, one rectangular piece and a separate square, pushed together. It would be modular so if you want to put it somewhere else in the room you can just place the square in the other side or make one long desk, etc.
[QUOTE=Godline;31089893]Either way make sure there is support for w/e you are going to be using this desk for (looks like a PC) Perhaps you could place your tower underneath you wouldnt be placing a heavy load on it then.[/QUOTE] If you look at the ref pic I made, the tower is sticking out from the side of the desk. on top will be two monitors, keyboard, mouse, speakers, 3d mouse, xbox, tablet I need to look more into how to support all of this. Should I just triangle the shit out of the sides underneath the desk? [editline]14th July 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=LiLBliNg;31108643]I would make it in 2 pieces, one rectangular piece and a separate square, pushed together. It would be modular so if you want to put it somewhere else in the room you can just place the square in the other side or make one long desk, etc.[/QUOTE] I would do that if this wasn't my first time building something of my own design. It does sound really cool though!
It would be much easier than cutting L shape. Squares and rectangles are easiest shapes to cut, problem is you would end up with extra legs, which would possibly get in your way if monitors are on the corner of the desk.
good point. I really like the modular idea, but for the sake of mobility (readjusting to use tablet, etc) and being comfortable I'd like to go with the straight up L
That is probably the best way to go with if you want to keep it as simple as possible. Obviously with enough work you could make the modular version but it really causes too much hassle for what it accomplishes.
I'll make a CAD plan (as I got sod-all to do tomorrow) and you can see what you think. Also, it'll be in mm, because I'm a stubborn Britishman, and inches measurements hurt my head.
Sorry for lateness - shit happened. Here's a screen. No more than 10mins work. C&C? If you like, I can drop you a link to the PDF. [URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/23/cadthin.png/][IMG]http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/2431/cadthin.png[/IMG][/URL] The bubble-thing in blue is a suggested idea of cutting out a section in the MDF for uneven floors. The height of the desk is 720mm (wasn't sure if there was an ergonomic measurement) and the shelf is 200mm high. And you'll need 2 x 18mm MDF boards (standard 8x4 or 1220x2440mm), and 2 bits of 2x2. (582mm long)
If that's the layout for cutting on the right hand side I would say to nest it a bit more, that way you will save excess material.
You can definetely squeeze them tighter together, one cut should do both sections.
back panel is too big to fit into the other sheet. Either way, you're going to need 2 sheets and it was the best set-up.
[QUOTE=Godline;31089893]Either way make sure there is support for w/e you are going to be using this desk for (looks like a PC) Perhaps you could place your tower underneath you wouldnt be placing a heavy load on it then.[/QUOTE] who puts their computer case on their desk i mean srsly
[IMG]http://i51.tinypic.com/2j1rddf.jpg[/IMG] I do, its easy to plug/unplug your shit. Also I have my laptop on my desktop (yo dawg)
what happened to the side of your pc oh god
[QUOTE=AugustBurnsRed;31652135]what happened to the side of your pc oh god[/QUOTE] He used it?
I bought it from someone who has a fear of water, you don't want to see what the inside looked like...
[QUOTE=DOG-GY;31048490]So to be honest I haven't done much along these lines before, but I want to make a desk for my room. It helps that I'm not 14 and I built one of those small prefab houses in mexico once so im an expert!! I've got all the basic equipment to make it and I've also got money. I want something lightweight and durable. I could move out in a couple years so I'd like to take it with me to wherever I go. It'll be an L shaped desk and here's the dimensions in my professional layout image i spent 4 hours on making this so pls dont laugh [img]http://filesmelt.com/dl/dimensions.png[/img] Ok and seriously here's a mockup of it in my room with all my hardware on top, ALL to scale. I've got enough of a gap from the walls and windowsill to run cabling. [img]http://filesmelt.com/dl/WIP12.png[/img] Any recommendations on what wood to use and such? I'm sure I'll be capable of making something of fairly good quality but I mainly just want it to be sleek and functional.[/QUOTE] sorry for the very pointless bump but i sent op a private message and i didn't get an answer does anyone know what modeling program that is in the quote?
[QUOTE=Xombi;31654480]He used it?[/QUOTE] How the heck do you use the side of your pc??
I buy mine. Much quicker TBH
[QUOTE=The First 11'er;34304439]sorry for the very pointless bump but i sent op a private message and i didn't get an answer does anyone know what modeling program that is in the quote?[/QUOTE] It could really be any, you can't really tell from a render. If you're looking for a modeling program I highly reccomend [url=blender.org]Blender[/url]. It's a [u]free[/u] all-around good package.
[QUOTE=Xombi;31654480]He used it?[/QUOTE] More like shot BB guns at it when he got bored. [editline].[/editline] Actually it looks like there's cocaine everywhere.
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