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post #1 of 8
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First I"m not sure this is the right place to post this, but it seems about right.

Second, I've been putting this off till I had at least a little bit of the physical built up; which I do now have. So what is "it"? Well I don't have a name for it yet, but i'm hoping members here on the forum can help me out with. The "Idea" is to build a desk with a case built into it much like L3p's or This Gentlemen's. The Differences? First its going to be a corner desk, the next difference is that the case won't take up the majority but around 40 to 50%. The final difference is that it will have the option to allow the user to use his or her old case instead of the "custom" one that can come with it.


+++EDIT April 22nd, 2013+++
Forgot to include the dimensions:

Imperial | Metric
Front : 7 foot 3~ inches | 221~ CM
Back : 1 foot 6~ inches | 45.75~ CM
Width: 2.75 feet | 83.82~ CM
Depth: 4.25 Inches | 11~ CM

The hole for the case (if I remember correctly- I'll edit once the measurements come back) Is 1.25~ foot squared or 38~ cm squared.
+++End Edit+++

+++Edit May 6th+++
Found the below image on the machine I use here at work. This should put the above into a better perspective



Havn't had a chance to work last few weeks as i'm out of the country right now.
+++End Edit
thats a lot to take in, in one shot and leaves the mind wondering so here are some 3D renders of the concept:



The First Shows off how the legs will work, since the Strongest natural occurring shape is a triangle, the full design is also centered around this.






The above 3 Show off the case's layout. The first is the back portion where the mother board connections are. The next is from the front of the desk, showing off the intake fans. The Number of fans isn't final. The Third is the left hand side of the case showing off more possible intake fans/Rad. Mount possition as well as the Power supply Orientation. The image came out worse than I thought, the PSU's large fan should be facing out to the left.



This image is just demonstrating the "Lip" or "Shelf" in which the custom case/user's old case will hang from.



This last image is just to show off that their will be a "glass insert" over the center of the case to show off any cool custom LC loops you may make or already have existing.

I can render out more if needed, just ask for what you want to see. Intend to do one containing where the monitors should sit.
The Actual Build So Far (Click to show)














Only thing of note worthy is picture 8, showing off how the tentative look of it will be. I'm using cheap Materials here for the prototype. But the "production" builds will use MDF board. I plan to have it so that the end user can have power/reset/ maybe audio and/or usb on either the left or the right. Other than that the open spaces will be filled with construction foam like whats pictured in the last two images. Just with out the Miss hap of using to much.
Edited by th3m3nt4l - 5/6/13 at 6:15am
post #2 of 8
I've always loved the idea of a computer desk with the computer hardware integrated. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

I do see the appeal in a corner desk like that, but personally, I don't like the idea of all the wasted space behind the monitor that would otherwise be usable desk space. Now, that being said, it would be really neat to make a corner desk with an integrated computer that was situated in that space behind the monitor. That way you can have a desk in the corner without wasting all the surface of the desk in that back corner... I might have to make that my project at some point in the distant future...

Good luck with your build!
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Originally Posted by obliv10n View Post

I've always loved the idea of a computer desk with the computer hardware integrated. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

I do see the appeal in a corner desk like that, but personally, I don't like the idea of all the wasted space behind the monitor that would otherwise be usable desk space. Now, that being said, it would be really neat to make a corner desk with an integrated computer that was situated in that space behind the monitor. That way you can have a desk in the corner without wasting all the surface of the desk in that back corner... I might have to make that my project at some point in the distant future...

Good luck with your build!

I'm hoping it turns out good as well, for I'd like to make this the foundation for a business. As for your notion of "wasted desk space", its not really wasted. The Back being removed is by design to all for a "large" person to be able to comfortably get their hands to the top from the underside for running cables and allow for enough light to get through so that a person can see where they need to connect their cables. Lastly, I forgot to include the Dimensions of the desk on a whole, once you see those I think you'll understand why there is no "wasted" space.
post #4 of 8
I'd look at doing some extra wire management around the desk. Include buried conduits to snake a/v cabling and power through. Maybe make one of the legs hollow and run a power strip through it. Look into integrating a decent speaker system into the desktop as well

I've got an IKEA corner desk, and built a shelf for my 30" monitor to sit on. The "wasted space" behind that is where I put the subwoofer for my Logitech surround system.

As far as the intake fans go, I've got long legs. I hate keyboard trays and anything else that projects below the bottom of the desktop. I have lost copious amounts of blood many times running up under something like that. Might look at a rethink and channel that airflow through some of the other dead spaces inside the framing of the desk, leaving less to project underneath within the first 12".

And for the outer corners, I'd look at trimming a few inches off of them to soften that sharp angle. On the finished product, it'll keep that corner from getting chipped and dinged up. And if your top is glass, you definitely wouldn't want a sharp point like that.

Also, consider some options to add on if this is going to be a product you sell. Not everybody has just simply a computer with one monitor, a mouse, keyboard and a couple speakers. Consider the possibility of adding on a printer support, have support for multiple monitors, etc. Also, what are your plans for optical drives, usb peripherals (thumb drives, external HDD, phones, etc) and things like headphones?
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Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

I'd look at doing some extra wire management around the desk. Include buried conduits to snake a/v cabling and power through. Maybe make one of the legs hollow and run a power strip through it. Look into integrating a decent speaker system into the desktop as well

I've got an IKEA corner desk, and built a shelf for my 30" monitor to sit on. The "wasted space" behind that is where I put the subwoofer for my Logitech surround system.

As far as the intake fans go, I've got long legs. I hate keyboard trays and anything else that projects below the bottom of the desktop. I have lost copious amounts of blood many times running up under something like that. Might look at a rethink and channel that airflow through some of the other dead spaces inside the framing of the desk, leaving less to project underneath within the first 12".

And for the outer corners, I'd look at trimming a few inches off of them to soften that sharp angle. On the finished product, it'll keep that corner from getting chipped and dinged up. And if your top is glass, you definitely wouldn't want a sharp point like that.

Also, consider some options to add on if this is going to be a product you sell. Not everybody has just simply a computer with one monitor, a mouse, keyboard and a couple speakers. Consider the possibility of adding on a printer support, have support for multiple monitors, etc. Also, what are your plans for optical drives, usb peripherals (thumb drives, external HDD, phones, etc) and things like headphones?

Because of the Design, hollow legs are out, though I do intend them to be square so screws can/could be used to hang a power strip from it. I do intend for better wiring for things like the Power/Reset and Front USB connections to be available so one doesn't need to reach under their desk and feel around for the switches/connections every damn time.

As for your issue of things hanging blow the desk. I too have long longs, which is why I centralized the case area. There is enough room to comfortable get under the desk with out worry of any bumps and bruises. Their Is room to move the case "hole" around if a better position is needed. This is only a prototype right now so modifications can still be made if need be.

The corner issues is already being addressed and they will be "rounded off". I plan to use PlexiGlass instead of real glass. Its stronger, has a *smoother surface* is and easier to work with for people who like to mod.

The dimensions and method of building are intended to support up to 120 lbs On the Back side (where the 90 degree corner is cut off)- thats roughly 4-6 monitors + Stand(s) to support them. I've already thought of how to add on a Failing Cabinet and an extra "wing" for more space if the intial area isn't enough. Other additons will be worked out once we know their is a need for them, but the target audiance isn't "office workers" but PC enthusiasts. Which is usually people that Like to be able to look at the inards of their case as they're proud of their' build, a Single Large display, or several Smaller displays. Large Keyboards, mice, head sets.

The custom case already Takes location of the Drive pay area into account, its not seen in the 3d images so I'll have to render one out tomorrow, but they are intended to be located in behind the intake fans on either/both the left and the right. So their Close enough to use, but still "hidden" and out of the way. The other Concept I'm thingking about doing for Optical drives (only optical drives) is to have something similar to the Pop Up head light design of some sports cars. You press down on the location and the optical drive pops up. Give what I have so far It should be to hard of a feature to add on, its just location is an issue atm.

Right now it doesn't look like much, but many forget that their is Power and Beauty in simplicity. Its simplistic design also lends to being highly mod-able, which is what I intend for it.


*- Opinion of a few of my buddies, they feel that when working on real class desk, it feels "granny" when writing or drawing, which I agree with.
Edited by th3m3nt4l - 4/22/13 at 2:52pm
post #6 of 8
Plexiglass (acrylic) isn't that much stronger than glass in this application, and with such a short span. The drawback I see to using plexiglass is that it picks up fine scratches really easily. I wouldn't use it for desktop material.

As far as structural support, I'd calculate a lot more than 120 lbs. Calculate for full computer, triple 30" monitors, and one chubby guy eating Dorito's aimlessly sitting on the corner while his mother yells at him down the basement steps. You just know it'll happen...

The rest of it, just tossing it out there for you to consider. Some people don't take everything into account, and I'd love to see this become a successful product. If there's anything else you would like input on, feel free to PM me. I do have a background in architectural design, cabinet making, and CNC manufacturing.
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Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

Plexiglass (acrylic) isn't that much stronger than glass in this application, and with such a short span. The drawback I see to using plexiglass is that it picks up fine scratches really easily. I wouldn't use it for desktop material.

As far as structural support, I'd calculate a lot more than 120 lbs. Calculate for full computer, triple 30" monitors, and one chubby guy eating Dorito's aimlessly sitting on the corner while his mother yells at him down the basement steps. You just know it'll happen...

The rest of it, just tossing it out there for you to consider. Some people don't take everything into account, and I'd love to see this become a successful product. If there's anything else you would like input on, feel free to PM me. I do have a background in architectural design, cabinet making, and CNC manufacturing.

First I'll try to avoid the PMs for now as I want this to more or less be a build log. I wasn't entending to use the Plexiglass as a "strengthening" piece, but since my target audiance is gamers, and many do get angry and tend to slam things onto their desk or what not, the plexi would be better as it has some "give" where glass would be more likely to crack/brake. I'm not sure on the whole scratching bit though. I've had several cases w/ windows that used Plexiglass that have been scratched to hell and the glass still looks very very good. Though It could be a different type, if it is I'll try to find a good vendor that can Supply it. 120lbs was for normal every day use, constant weight. If you take a look at the construction pictures, the back portion will be able to support so much more than that, especially because of where the legs are going to situated.
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I haven't posted any updates in a while or anything of the sort. Thus I Figured its about time. Right now I'm having to put the project on hold as my employer has "extended" my stay/shift for an extra few months (July at the latest) in another country, in which I live & work temporarily.
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