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post #11 of 56
Looks great so far. I love custom desk builds. You get everything you need and want without all the B.S. plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself thumb.gif
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post #12 of 56
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the support so far everyone thumb.gif

Here are the pics I was gonna post before, I got a lot done today!


I took some excess from another project and cut some edging to glue to the sides of the plywood in order to prevent chipping and allow me to rout it eventually, but I'll do that a little later, I need to focus on the construction first!
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Perfect fit smile.gif
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Then I used a square 3/4" dowel for the back edge
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I cut some more pieces to size...
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This was a fun piece to cut, had to get out a dado blade and keep running it through to get that notch for cables.
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This was for the rear support which has two halves
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Butting up the two halves to see what it looks like
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Did some 45 degree cuts since it's the corner section
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Rough mock-up of the keyboard tray side supports, the bottom tray will slide between the side supports and under the rear one.
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Last thing I did today was put some spackle on the edges where the hardwood and ply meet, then sanded it down.
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This one's a little blurry, but you get it wink.gif
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So to conclude the day, I finished all cuts other than small detail cuts, also I need to go out again and get some particle board for the back of the desk as well as shear support.

Very productive today, I see myself actually putting it together tomorrow with wood screws.
post #13 of 56
i just subbed i hope this goes well
post #14 of 56
looks like a good build, sub'd
post #15 of 56
Thread Starter 
Alright, I got the corner desk constructed, I'll have pictures posted either today or tomorrow. I've been pretty busy so I haven't had much time to work on this. redface.gif
post #16 of 56
Thread Starter 
Okay, here we go. Finally got some time to upload these images wink.gif

Started by dealing with a little nail from gluing the keyboard bottom. Not that big of a deal when you just use some spackle!
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Bam! Problem solved thumb.gif
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Then I glued the keyboard tray together
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Solid as a rock!
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Then I glued the corner piece together
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I propped up the large corner area up with some scrap 3/4" ply and slid the keyboard tray underneath for gluing, then just add some nails and it's done! thumb.gif
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While I waited for that to dry, I went and cut some 3/4" strips from a square dowel for assembly with nails, so I can take it apart for moving.
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Waiting...
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At this point I changed my design slightly so that the thin shear supports will be moved towards the center of the desk to instead support the desk itself for sagging.
I will instead rely on thick particle board for shear support, as the thin supports before wouldn't supply enough reverse torque to counter any shear, it would've all gone to the board anyway.
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Then I flipped the whole thing over so that I could start the construction. This is where I moved the previously named shear supports towards the center of the desk, now I guess they're sag supports wink.gif
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Did some more cutting to size and added more strips
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Everyone propped up and ready for assembly
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Now with 7/32" particle board!
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Cutting the board to length

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Now starting to assemble everything with screws. Had to drill a lot of them in diagonally because my drill wouldn't fit redface.gif
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Hooray! IT IS ALIVE... figuratively.
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Last but not least I drilled a hole for cables in the corner
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There we go, I got the desk all assembled and it's really strong! I'll be sanding it for a while and then I'll paint it soon. I don't think I need to take pictures of sanding, it's really pretty boring rolleyes.gif

Thanks for the support, I'm still feeling eager as ever to get this station finished! biggrin.gif
post #17 of 56
Looking great man!
I have one question, do you have experience with woodworking or is this the first big project?
It looks like you got some fair experience but I dont really have any.
I am planning to do my own build someday but I'm scared my lack of experience will mess it up tongue.gif
post #18 of 56
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Originally Posted by King Kai View Post

Looking great man!
I have one question, do you have experience with woodworking or is this the first big project?
It looks like you got some fair experience but I dont really have any.
I am planning to do my own build someday but I'm scared my lack of experience will mess it up tongue.gif

I've done other projects in the past, but I'm definitely no pro. I'm just good at hiding my mistakes rolleyes.gif

A big thing I try to keep thinking of is how each piece will fit together and keep double checking myself every time I make a cut. As you could probably see I do a lot of mock up assemblies, and that's because I need to check if every piece can fit together with each other constantly. Also, always make sure to calculate which side you cut will be a bad side. If you didn't already notice, some of my pictures show pretty nasty chipping on the wood since my blade isn't that sharp, but I calculated which side would be the finished side and made sure to leave the chipped side hidden.

Also, a big hurdle to overcome is sanding and painting and I think that's for a couple of reasons. First, both are very tedious and boring tasks that requires a lot of muscle. I have a belt sander but I don't use it because it's very dangerous to use for a final finish and often leaves scratch marks. Then the other reason I think is that with sanding, you are nearing completion on your piece. When you look at your plans and look at your built piece it's very easy to to get discouraged since you worry if it'll look like what it did in your head. Don't get discouraged, because even if you screw up a few things here and there, I can almost guarantee that you wont notice it in a few months when your project is done.

Also probably the biggest thing that all of these points fit into, do NOT be a perfectionist! You will get caught up in the little things which, honestly, don't matter!

Hope this helped thumb.gif
post #19 of 56
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Originally Posted by theloneplant View Post

I've done other projects in the past, but I'm definitely no pro. I'm just good at hiding my mistakes rolleyes.gif
A big thing I try to keep thinking of is how each piece will fit together and keep double checking myself every time I make a cut. As you could probably see I do a lot of mock up assemblies, and that's because I need to check if every piece can fit together with each other constantly. Also, always make sure to calculate which side you cut will be a bad side. If you didn't already notice, some of my pictures show pretty nasty chipping on the wood since my blade isn't that sharp, but I calculated which side would be the finished side and made sure to leave the chipped side hidden.
Also, a big hurdle to overcome is sanding and painting and I think that's for a couple of reasons. First, both are very tedious and boring tasks that requires a lot of muscle. I have a belt sander but I don't use it because it's very dangerous to use for a final finish and often leaves scratch marks. Then the other reason I think is that with sanding, you are nearing completion on your piece. When you look at your plans and look at your built piece it's very easy to to get discouraged since you worry if it'll look like what it did in your head. Don't get discouraged, because even if you screw up a few things here and there, I can almost guarantee that you wont notice it in a few months when your project is done.
Also probably the biggest thing that all of these points fit into, do NOT be a perfectionist! You will get caught up in the little things which, honestly, don't matter!
Hope this helped thumb.gif

Yes this helped alot, thanks smile.gif and yeah I am a perfectionist so that is the tip that helps me the most biggrin.gif
Thanks for all the tips, really appreciate that.
post #20 of 56
Good luck to a fellow phantom owner!
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