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Hey guys! I've been wanting to build a new desk for a while because my main desk is a bit crowded and my second desk is always in my way. This is mainly going to be a desk build log but I'm going to make various improvements to the room as well.

Here's what I've got right now:




Here's what I've got in mind:



The desk is going to be approximately 10 feet wide by 2 feet deep by 2.5 feet tall. It'll have 3 keyboard trays (I only need two but it would drive me crazy if it wasn't symmetrical). I'll likely build a computer into one of the cabinets in a drawer.


I need some molding for the top of the wall shelf to hide the LEDs and wires


This is what I have in mind for the molding. This will also go on the front edge of the desktop:


I might also ditch the painted white border dividing the colors on the walls and put some molding in its place.

So here's my goals:
-Build megadesk
-Rewire shelf/case/monitor RGB LEDs and Run wires for the LEDs inside the wall instead of the conduit
-Paint the walls something similar to the colors in my sketchup drawing
-Replace painted border with chair rail molding
-Wall mount the TV?

Thanks for looking, and your feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by rgwoehr - 4/4/13 at 1:26pm
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Looks great! Could take a close up pic of your cars on the shelf?
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Thanks! Here you go:
1941 Willys, 2007 Mustang GT500, 1969 GTO, 1969 Corvette

2006 Corvette Z06, 1970 Chevelle, 1969 Corvette, 1969 Charger

2005 GTO, 2003 Mustang Cobra, 1971 Duster, and I'm not sure what year Holden Commodore

1969 Mustang Boss 302, 1968 GTO, 1957 Chevy

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Nice! Are they die-cast or plastic models? Do you have an all time favorite?
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Like the look of this project. Subbed.
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Nice! Are they die-cast or plastic models? Do you have an all time favorite?
They're all die-cast. I don't have the patience to build the plastic ones and make them look nice haha. I'm not sure which one would be my favorite, though I'm most careful with the 2005 GTO and the Holden Commodore because they're the most expensive ones I have. I guess all the ones I have on the shelf are the ones I like the most. I have more cars but they're all in containers under my bed.
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I just noticed I had the same photo in the original post twice. I put in the photo that was supposed to be there. It's the drawing of the new desk on its own.
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Update time!

I went to Home Depot today and got all the 1.5" wide lumber I needed. Pretty much the entire frame is all 1.5" wide. I got 9 12 foot boards, two 9 foot boards, and a 7 foot board.



This is what I had to cut up:
-16 30" long pieces for the legs
-8 15" long pieces for the width of the cabinet
-8 21" long pieces for the depth of the cabinet
-9 28" long pieces for the front of the keyboard trays and to go between the cabinets
-2 10' long pieces for the front and back of the desktop

I'll also need some pieces that are around 24" long and fortunately most of the left over pieces will work for that.

First I shave around 1/8" off the end of the board to make sure it's square.

I wrapped the areas I was going to be cutting with masking tape because it supposedly helps cut down on the amount of chipping


Here's the first half of the legs cut to size


All the pieces cut up


Some cheap Harbor Freight bar clamps that I'm using to glue the legs together


I sorted through the pieces to figure out which side I want to be showing and which ones would fit best together and laid them out on the clamps


I forgot to get photos of the process but I just loaded up one of the two pieces for each leg with glue and spread it as even as I could.

Here's all the legs glued and clamped together.


Once the clamps were tightened I wiped as much excess glue as I could off with a paper towel.

That's it for now. I'll go take the clamps off the legs in a couple hours and tomorrow I'll sand the edges to get them smooth and maybe start assembling the cabinets.

Edit: I forgot to mention, I'm making it out of Poplar
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I made some more progress today. This morning I tried cleaning up one of the legs with the belt sander and ended up messing that one up. Fortunately I have my uncle's table saw here so I figured out a way to clean them up with that without cutting them out of square.


I sorted out the ones I wanted in front from the rear ones


Marked the side I wanted showing


I wanted 4" of space under the desk so I measured and marked that on all the legs


Drew a line against the square



I don't want to be able to see any screws or nails so I used pocket screws. Here's my jig:


Clamp the piece between the jig and another block of wood. Unfortunately I forgot to put blocks between the clamps and the legs last night so some of the legs have dents.


Set the stop on the drill using the guide in the case and set the stops and start drilling


The result (2 down, 62 to go...) :


All but two of the pieces with the holes drilled (I forgot to do one side on a couple of the pieces and didn't realize until I was assembling it)


My jig for assembling the cabinets


Glue it and screw it



One frame down, 4 to go


All 4 done


Time to start connecting the frames together


Got the first cabinet framed out and it made a nice work bench for the second one


Fail


Done!



Now I just need to get my uncle to talk to his buddies at the cabinet shop across the street from work and try and get me a deal on some plywood. I probably won't work on this during the week because school starts again tomorrow. I may or may not make the top next weekend. I don't really have a place to put it until someone buys the desks I've got in my room now.

Edit: I forgot to mention, I had to cut the legs down to 1 7/16" wide from 1.5" to get the sides flat so I'll be losing 1/4" of desk space when I'm done.
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Corsair HX850W Corsair 600T SE Microsoft Wired optical mouse Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
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Inverted Corsair 600T SE Insignia optical mouse 
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Intel Core i5 3470 ASUS P8P67-M Pro Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP 
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Mac OS X 10.9 Windows 8 Achieva Shimian QH270-Lite Apple Wireless Keyboard 
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Corsair HX850 Modded Apple PowerMac G4 Quicksilver Apple Magic Trackpad Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
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Subbed! Looks like a cool project. thumb.gif
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