Journal #8246

Posted 6 years ago2013-09-11 22:55:41 UTC
I recently built my first computer and decided to build a custom desk to go with it. I drew up some funky designs and brought it to life. It is 7'x7' and completely blocks a huge closet in my room. My bedroom door doesn't open all the way anymore. I got a new sound system for it, different than the one in these pictures, which shakes my floor. Let me know what you all think.

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Commented 6 years ago2013-09-11 23:08:34 UTC Comment #36412
Killer setup, dude!
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-11 23:33:24 UTC Comment #36403
Blocks your closet and door? Flawed design decisions there.

Still pretty cool though!
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 00:07:46 UTC Comment #36404
holy damn!
nice setup :)
What wood is that? (My guess says pine and a stain)
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 03:13:52 UTC Comment #36407
That is disgustingly pretty!

I LOVE the design and the finish looks so beautiful, well done! The only thin i can think to improve is to remove the right "fire leaf" to make the whole thing more compact, Or possibly, make them fold down to give you some more space ;)

I like how the shelving matches the rest of the design, and looks beautifully functional. Your framing is not fancy but it' doesn't need to be, since most people aren't looking under the desk ;)

You can also make a sliding support underneath(like you'd find under a dining room table), and remove those diagonal supports, which are the only visual distraction in my opinion.

I wish i had the motivation to build my own desk, considering i have a full wood shop at work.. Great stuff man =P
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 06:49:43 UTC Comment #36409
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 07:01:10 UTC Comment #36411
What Sajo said.

Those are things you're supposed to plan around.
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 08:27:46 UTC Comment #36414
Now thats one sick table.
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 10:06:08 UTC Comment #36406
It doesn't block his door, only his [built-in] closet which he covered up and doesn't wish to use.

I don't particularly like the oblivion-like ends to the table, but the shelves look good in that style.
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 11:22:22 UTC Comment #36400
I purposely blocked the closet, because I hate them and don't even use it. I would NEVER block anything if I were making this for a client. I knew from the beginning my bedroom door wouldn't completely open and I am fine with that. The desk space is more important to me than anything.

The supports are very construction-like because I work at a film/television studio and build sets. I got the idea for the desk from one of the sets I built framing for and wanted it to have that raw feel. I agree that the diagonal support isn't too visually pleasing.

The supports are all pine boards and the counter top is red oak. I shelled out extra money for that. The stain is "blood red" with a water-based poly finish on top of it.

Thank you for all the comments, I plan on building more stuff in the future and selling it. I will DEFINITELY plan with space efficiency in mind for a client, not everyone will give up half their room for a desk like I did.
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 11:49:42 UTC Comment #36405
My first thought was that the swirly designs would get in the way, but I think they look nice on the shelves.
And I'm not sure how much of an impact it would make if any, but the way your laptop is positioned in the second picture might help with cooling, seeing as it's over a large hole.
I kind of want to add a hole to my desk now and mount a fan to it. I have one of those little cooling stands but it takes up a USB port and isn't that effective.

Anyway, while I wouldn't choose that design myself, I like how it turned out.
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 12:01:31 UTC Comment #36408
tjb: i thought of doing the same thing(cutting a hole in the center of my desk for a laptop fan), because i have overheating issues big-time ;)
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-12 12:32:47 UTC Comment #36401
That's exactly why the laptop is positioned like that. It's not perfect in this picture and I didn't plan that, but I definitely take advantage of it. :)
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-13 14:24:32 UTC Comment #36410
congratulations now u can show it to all the girls in your town
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-13 14:25:49 UTC Comment #36415
Wants me to do the same thing. :)
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-13 15:20:27 UTC Comment #36402
You think the ladies would dig it, Bruce? I figured they would get mad at me for wasting closet space.
Commented 6 years ago2013-09-16 09:26:33 UTC Comment #36413
The cherry wood colour is awesome. I want a desk like that.

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