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Old 01-01-2014, 12:43 PM
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Default DIY Time! A studio desk!

Hey guys,

I thought I should share this project with you.
Since I'm going to sell my mixer (I replaced it with 2 8 channel rack preamps) and wanna get rid of that ugly desk I'm using now I wanted to build my own desk. I did some research on desks. Most of them are extremely ugly and all of them are extremely expensive!

I found a very nice desk on ebay which was handcrafted and had a pretty "normal" design. I went to my PC, started my CAD-Software (the one I used for my mic holder too) and copied the design.

After having finished modeling a complete desk I printed out all the custom parts, went to my local building center and asked for wood and prices. The cool thing: They have their own carpenter in the center who can cut all the parts including mitres.
I decided to go for a 3cm beech solid board as I would have to wait for other wood 2 weeks at least and I will be pretty busy by then.. The grain of the beech plate looked pretty good to me as well so I took it.
The desk is 2m by 86cm + 2 desk raks - The price: 250€ including the cutting from the carpenter. Isn't that cheap?


I attached a 3D image from the CAD software so you can see what the desk will look like. I hope I'll get all the parts on Thursday (tomorrow) and try to have it finished on Sunday evening.

Not sure about the laquering yet, I think I'm going to oil it?


All the best and happy new year!

David
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:19 PM
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Beech is a great choice. Very consistent grain, so good for keeping it's form. You use the term "plate". What do you mean by that - solid board?
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:26 PM
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Beech is a great choice. Very consistent grain, so good for keeping it's form. You use the term "plate". What do you mean by that - solid board?
OH yes by "plate" i meant solid board, haha!
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:52 PM
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Update Friday, 03 January 2013

Today I got the call from my building center that my wood pieces are finished.
The wood looks great to me. Well, the grain is not spectacular but I like it anyway. The carpenter did a pretty good job in cutting :)
(Picture 1)

I managed to finish mounting a border on the front of the table to make it even more stable + make it look more solid.. This border is also an important piece for mounting the legs onto the table.
(Picture 2)

Also I managed to finish both desk racks. A friend of our family who's a carpenter gave me a pretty good tip:
Since the pieces have a 45 edge I can simply "connect" them with some sticky tape (don't know if that's a common term?) from the outside, then turn the whole piece around, put some glue on the edge and fold it together - it works perfectly!
(Picture 3 and 4)

Oh AND I already cut 8 rack-rails for the racks - I will add a rail on both sides so I can mount gear from the front and the back!


I might be able to finish the desk tomorrow... STAY TUNED!
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:04 AM
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Default Re: DIY Time! A studio desk!

Looks great so far.
And you're a pretty fast DIY builder!

As for finish, oil has the huge benefit that it's 'repair friendly'. Should your desk get some blemishes, those could be sanded out a bit. Then simply reapply oil and there won't be any traces of which areas were reworked. Wax would also work well and look great - 2 layers should do (with buffing in-between and afterwards).
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:51 AM
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I'm almost done!!!

On the pictures below you can see the result of yesterdays work (8am - 9pm).

Here are some pictures of the oiled desk and racks.


Todays job:
Mounting the rack holder systems + racks and shortening some legs the put them under the racks.

Pictures soon!
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:09 AM
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Looking very good David. Something cool about custom furniture. Not only does it fit your purpose perfectly, but it has something of yourself invested in it. Nice job!
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:13 AM
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Ah, now that looks nice! Great job!
Oiling was enough to get a really pleasing result.
Hey, that's my Charisma 8, hehe. ;-) Looks great in that rack.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:10 PM
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Ok guys.. The desk is done - and so am I!
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:15 PM
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Awesome work! It looks very professional.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:23 PM
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That looks like a place I could have a lot of fun!

Great work as ever, you multi-talented git.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:41 PM
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Great work as ever, you multi-talented git.
He is isn't? ... multi-talented that is...

Great work David :)
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:45 PM
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Very nice job David. I especially like the "pod" racks either side of the desk. Nice touch, clean & functional :)
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:00 PM
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What everyone else said!
Plus, I really like the color on that wall. Classy!
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:50 AM
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Thanks! I'm really happy with the result!


IF ANYONE WANTS THE EXACT PLAN TO BUILD A DESK HIM/HERSELF - MESSAGE ME!
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:44 PM
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Sweet design and nice looking desk!
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I think I hear a lawyer from IKEA knocking at your door. Very nice.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:38 PM
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I think I hear a lawyer from IKEA knocking at your door. Very nice.
Haha, I don't worry about that :P
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