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Wooden desk built out of cabinet grade plywood.

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Hello OCers, I'm trying to figure out a desk build for myself and was just hoping for some ideas. The only build log I've seen that's anything close to what I'd like is Ron's Desk Build & Mancave. I want something like that without the wall mounted shelves above it, but would like a hutch around 3/4 the length of the desk. If the two cabinets on that desk were at the ends, I think I would enjoy that desk very much. I really just want something simple and was just hoping for some ideas, I'm no top tier carpenter but I do okay. Just need some wood glue, my framing nail gun, my chop saw and my table saw. biggrin.gif I have a 37" LCD TV and two 21.5" LED monitors and of course, my Corsair Vengeance C70 Artic White case I'll be putting on this desk, along with a Logitech MX5500 mouse and keyboard combo. I saw ONE other desk that I absolutely loved but I've spent hours trying to find it and can't seem to do so. It wasn't a desk build log it was some other build log and the desk was what it was being built on. It was just an oak table more or less with a good size LCD or LED TV wall mounted above it, not stained at all, just sanded down nicely. Any ideas much appreciated, other build logs with simple desk build logs appreciated. Just looking for ideas for now, probably going to build it in around 3-4 weeks. Thanks everyone! thumb.gif
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I'd suggest Google sketchUp. It's free, is simple to learn (1/2 hour) and you can try out lots of ideas and see what they would look like.

If you don't use a stain you still have to put on some kind of coating (Varnish, Polyurethane, etc) to protect the wood. If you don't it will pick up stains and dirt and will look like crap really fast.

And drywall screws and a cordless drill will work much better than a nail gun.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

I'd suggest Google sketchUp. It's free, is simple to learn (1/2 hour) and you can try out lots of ideas and see what they would look like.

If you don't use a stain you still have to put on some kind of coating (Varnish, Polyurethane, etc) to protect the wood. If you don't it will pick up stains and dirt and will look like crap really fast.

And drywall screws and a cordless drill will work much better than a nail gun.
I'm using 3/4" cabinet grade plywood, not 2x4s so no screws, just wood glue and some 2" framing nails work wonderfully, I built my entertainment center a few years ago and it's hefty for sure but yet to have anything budge on it and it's been moved several times with everything still on it. Also my entertainment center has 5 coats of polyurethane on it, last coat sanded down with high grit sand paper so it'd be slick. I'll give SketchUp a try, thanks for the suggestion. biggrin.gif
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Not sure how wide you're planning to make the desk but if it's 10' wide like mine you'll probably need something in the middle to support it if you have the cabinets at each end. Glue and nails should be good enough as long as you don't go light on the glue.
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Not sure how wide you're planning to make the desk but if it's 10' wide like mine you'll probably need something in the middle to support it if you have the cabinets at each end.

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