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Originally Posted by chinesethunda;14896972 
thats good, i like big drawers, lots of stuff to put in them. and then you have your keyboard tray. I hope thats also nice and big. I personally hate small keyboard trays that don't slide out very far -_- lol

Haha so do I. Another reason I wanted to design my own desk (a huge part) was the keyboard tray. I have a picture of it somewhere in this thread. It's 36" wide and 24" deep. Plenty of space. Not to mention it is height adjustable. A huge feature in case you get a new chair with odd arm rests, or feel lazy and wanna lean back in the chair, you can put it at the exact height.



So I have a rather small update so far today. I've kind of hit a wall with these drawers so I'm taking a break to post this.


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With these last awkward pieces glued in, the left cabinet is now finished (at least the wood assembly).


Gluing up the front facade for the drawer cabinet:

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Now to discuss these bastard drawers.

You see, this is where my inexperience kills me. I hadn't thought to make any kind of spacing system for easy rail installation. So the only thing I can do is measure, and HOPE they come out OK.

Since it's just completely flat wood on either side of the cabinet, there's no way for easy symmetry. Also, since I have no back stopping mechanism built in to stop the drawers in the back of the cabinet, I have to make sure the part of the rail that screws onto the drawer is as the PERFECT spot. If it's too far forward, the drawer will sink into the back of the cabinet. If it's too far back, the drawer won't close all the way into the cabinet face.

So that's the brick wall I've come to so far.

Not to mention I have nothing to hold the drawers up at the EXACT correct height while screwing in the rails to them. So I have to figure out a way to jerry rig that.

I think I want the drawer to be indented inside the cabinet a little instead of having it flush with the cabinet face like I had designed, as seen below:

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I did have a mental victory earlier in the day though. I thought of a great idea that would remove the need to router a groove in the desk top for the plexiglass to sit in. I could cut the square hole like I would do normal, then glue in 4 pieces of 1/2" thick pieces of wood to the inner edges of the hole to support the plexi. Only problem with that is finding good quality wood that is less than 1/2" wide since I had only planned to router out a 1/4" x 1/4" rabbet (plexi will be 1/8" thick). Not sure where I"m going to find wood like that.

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TLDR: look, shiny new fans and controller!


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Edited by Backfat - 9/11/11 at 1:26am
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Damn, looking real nice. Keep the pics coming. I can't wait to see the end result.
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Wow this is great! Awesome job so far!

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good job on the drawers, I want to see how your keyboard tray turns out, adjustable is definitely a plus and one of the main features that I often get annoyed at with desks. I think that If i were to repeat your experiment, I would probably try and mount the drawer slides first onto the sides before putting them together, measure each part out first. but the drawers look good, printer is a good idea. But where will your PSU and hdds and dvd drive go? since I am assuming that only your mobo is going into that drawer at the top.
   
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Originally Posted by IIVisionII;14897095 
Damn, looking real nice. Keep the pics coming. I can't wait to see the end result.

Thanks. I can't wait either lol, I have no desk, and using my 42" plasma as my monitor, lap as a keyboard tray, and arm rest as a mouse pad.
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Wow this is great! Awesome job so far!

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Originally Posted by chinesethunda;14906639 
good job on the drawers, I want to see how your keyboard tray turns out, adjustable is definitely a plus and one of the main features that I often get annoyed at with desks. I think that If i were to repeat your experiment, I would probably try and mount the drawer slides first onto the sides before putting them together, measure each part out first. but the drawers look good, printer is a good idea. But where will your PSU and hdds and dvd drive go? since I am assuming that only your mobo is going into that drawer at the top.

PSU and HDD cage are going behind the receiver on the 2nd shelf somewhere.




So this update will be rather boring as it's all about the damn drawers. These suckers took me all day to do, and were a huge pain in my ass. Probably 8 solid hours went into edgebanding them, sanding that, and mounting them to the cabinet.


Like I mentioned yesterday, I hadn't thought ahead and didn't have a plan to mount the drawers so I winged it. It hit me as I was falling asleep last night that I could use the keyboard tray to hold the drawers at the correct height while I attached the rails to them.


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This is the part of the installation that took 90% of the time. It's hard to see from the picture, but I had to make sure the front face of the drawer would sit at the EXACT right spot when the drawer would be closed. Down to the millimeter.

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First drawer went together pretty good.

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I realized the bottom facade wood thing-a-ma-bobber was glued slightly off-skew.

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Didn't want to rip off the other side of it, so I had to figure out how to get glue into the very thin crack.

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Cut up edge banding makes for perfect spacers for the drawer face:


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On to the second drawer:

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That's as level as I'm going to get it (without spending hours and hours going insane).

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Last drawer:

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This little jerk gave me the most trouble out of all of them. I had to drill, redrill, screw, rescrew, adjust, level, relevel, SO many times. I swear I switched the drill bit to the philips bit over 100 times today.

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Well after about an hour of messing around with it, the last one is finally in.

The face for the small drawer was too big, so I'll have to trim that down tomorrow, so just picture it in there.


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I'm beat after all that. Those drawers whooped my ass good. At least the hardest part of the project is now done.

A keen eye will notice the middle drawer is slightly off-angled. This however turns out to not matter at all. It's level on the inside (somehow) and all the drawers slide perfectly in and out.
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wow, turning out very very nice for your first time biggrin.gif
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thats a damn good job with the drawers, I like how this is turning out. big sturdy desk lol. You could fit like 3 monitors probably lol. cant wait for the keyboard tray to be put in
   
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For not knowing what you are doing this is turning out pretty dang good.
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Subbed. I've wanted to do this for over a year now, but being in an apartment, I have very limited space, not to mention I lack pretty much every tool required to accomplish the build (I have a dremel, a drill, a hammer, and I've taken 5 classes in autodesk so I can design it tongue.gif).
 
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wow, turning out very very nice for your first time biggrin.gif

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thats a damn good job with the drawers, I like how this is turning out. big sturdy desk lol. You could fit like 3 monitors probably lol. cant wait for the keyboard tray to be put in

I designed it to fit my new U3011, and my old 25" monitor. I never had the urge to go eyefinity, but it definitely could fit em. Keyboard tray is done. It just needs to be straightened a bit, and the wood needs to be finished. It isn't getting attached to the desk, it will be free floating in between the two cabinets. The metal frame is the same height (or close to) the two cabinets, so the top will sit on all 3.
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For not knowing what you are doing this is turning out pretty dang good.

Thanks smile.gif
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Subbed. I've wanted to do this for over a year now, but being in an apartment, I have very limited space, not to mention I lack pretty much every tool required to accomplish the build (I have a dremel, a drill, a hammer, and I've taken 5 classes in autodesk so I can design it tongue.gif).

Yeah, I've been wanting to do it for a long time too, I always lived in small apartments or didn't have access to tools. I was luckily able to borrow 95% of the tools I'm using now.




So this is a bit of a fail update. I wasn't able to do much yesterday except sand down the drawers and put a coat of stain on em. I didn't originally want to finish the drawers, but since I'm going with such a dark stain, I think it would look a tad ridiculous not to. So I'm finishing the inside and outside of all the drawers.

While looking at the top drawer face (not begun staining) it was a little large in the cabinet, by 1/8" or so. Me not feeling like sanding for 30 minutes with 60 grit sand paper, busted out the belt sander for the first time. This happened:




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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.


So now the drawer face is ruined lol. Have to pry it off and start over.


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Strong glue is strong.



And now that the other two drawers are being finished and are drying, I can't even cut and install a new drawer face because I need the 2nd drawer in there to fit it properly. So it was a pretty good setback. I'll probably wait 4-5 hours for the stain to dry before getting the rails back on and in the cabinet so I can redo the top drawer. Then I still have to edgeband, sand, and stain the top drawer. Then I'll probably stain the drawer cabinet itself.


I was at Home Depot again yesterday for some JB Weld for the keyboard tray, and was not looking forward to cutting up a bunch of t-shirts to finish the desk. So I was thinking "I wish they sold already cut up rags you could use for staining." Then I found this and was so happy:


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Only $10 for the bag of cloths. Excellent deal I'd say. Since that would probably take about 10 t-shirts to do, and they wouldn't come out as nicely cut, or lint free as these babies.


Well I probably won't have very many updates in the coming days as I'm only going to be finishing which has a lot of downtime in between coats and whatnot.
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