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Im planning on building a new desk for myself as my grandmas old one has seen better days. I have a rough model of what i want made in sketchup which is attached to this post. What im really wanting is for some creative ideas of what might make this desk as good as it can be. As it sits right now the right "pillar" (for lack of a better word) is going to be open shelving, the center is going to be where my tower sits (making a slide out tray with casters to put tower on, to keep it off the floor and to make it easier to maneuver when i need to work on it) and the right is going to have some drawers that ride on full extension ball bearing slides. Ive put in some wire management provisions in the back, but i haven't quite thought of where to put my modem, router, or UPS. Any ideas are welcome and ill implement the ones that i find useful and worthwhile. Thanks for looking and for any ideas you might have.

The sketchup file in case you have the necessary skill and time to add any idea you come up with.
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Add a back, it will strengthen everything a lot.
Add a top shelf. Who doesn't need extra storage?
Just make it high enough to fit whatever you plan on putting underneath it.
Add a power strip. Rack mount server strips can include surge protection, volt meters, and/or amp meters. And they're cheep.
You show the desk surface to be 1" thick. That's expensive lumber!
Use 1/2" (plenty strong) and just add a fake 1/2" strip along the front edge.




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Thanks for the ideas, I dont know why but i was really hoping to not have a back but if it needs it ill put it on. The problem with the top shelf is that i have a qnix 27" monitor so it might have to be unnecessarily tall to make use of the space. The right side is going to be my work area so i did plan on putting a power strip there, didnt think of it at the time of writing the post. Im planning on making the whole thing out of plywood with the exception of the faces to hide the edge of the ply, so i was either going to laminate 2 sheets of ply or 1 sheet of ply and 1 sheet of mdf.

If anyone else has any input i would really appreciate it if you would reply.
    
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so i was either going to laminate 2 sheets of ply or 1 sheet of ply and 1 sheet of mdf.

Why?
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nice idea, I might try to make my own, I have no power tools though.....in terms of cutting and sanding.
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so i was either going to laminate 2 sheets of ply or 1 sheet of ply and 1 sheet of mdf.

Why?

The desk i have now is 3/4 and i tend to put my weight on it when i do things. Ive noticed that just the 3/4 is a little flimsy so i was hoping the extra thickness might help and doing it that way only adds about 40 bucks to the project.
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nice idea, I might try to make my own, I have no power tools though.....in terms of cutting and sanding.

All i have is a router, circular saw, random orbital sander, and a 18ga brad nailer. The trick is to take your time and make sure your being as accurate as possible.
    
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All i have is a router, circular saw, random orbital sander, and a 18ga brad nailer. The trick is to take your time and make sure your being as accurate as possible.

Thanks for the tip. I've never done any woodwork before, seems like a good time to start.

I wanna create a simple U desk, not sure if that's the right term. Probably will plastidip it.
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With something that sees regular use im not sure how the plastidip will hold up. I plan on staining mine and putting on a few coats of poly to give it a gloss or semi gloss finish.
    
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With something that sees regular use im not sure how the plastidip will hold up. I plan on staining mine and putting on a few coats of poly to give it a gloss or semi gloss finish.

I use 6 coats of matte color, then 2 coats of glossifier. Gotta give it time to cure in the sun too.

My wheels have no fade for the past year, albiet there's no direct contact with the dip, should hold up. Gonna test it first lol.
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The desk i have now is 3/4 and i tend to put my weight on it when i do things. Ive noticed that just the 3/4 is a little flimsy so i was hoping the extra thickness might help and doing it that way only adds about 40 bucks to the project.

All i have is a router, circular saw, random orbital sander, and a 18ga brad nailer. The trick is to take your time and make sure your being as accurate as possible.

When I built my workshop the bench tops were 2 x 1/2 in plywood on 2x4s on 24" centers. I can jump on it!



They say, for fine cabinetry, you should be able to hold a 1/64" over 5 feet. If I'm lucky I can hold a 1/6th in that length.

As for polyurethane, at least 24 hours between coats. Otherwise it all just soaks in.
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