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[Scratch Build] Ice's Desk - work in progress - update Dec, 03 2015 - Baby's first steps!

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Introduction:

Hey all,

I'm proud to present my scratch desk build, i'm working on it since couple of months (thinking, drawing and designing) and (btw) is still in progress.

So, I finally started to make it real last August. I wait until now to begin the project log because i had no skill in wood working so i wanted to be sure that i could accomplish the work before showing something to everyone.

Btw, it's a desk so thanks to all great modders who made one before me, i saw plenty of great build out there, you inspire people like me! thumb.gif

Ok, no more fluffy things !!!


The Project:

Let's start this:

At first, i wanted a "L" shaped desk, but after couple of thinking on how i could made it, i rejected the idea and pushed for a more traditionnal desk concept.

I did many sketches from different shape, different size and this is the one i choose to be realized, because the place where i will be sitting will give relatively the same comfort as the "L" shaped desk when you are sitting at the corner.

The give an idea of dimensions the desk will be :
  • 72 inches wide
  • 30 inches depth
  • 32 inches height


Basic design:





Starting Build:

A whole day of spent to cut the top desk:





Test on fitting and bending the first side panel:





I was very impressed of the result for the first shot!

Times is missing now so more to come soon. I have a couple of steps already done that i will update when i get a minute or two.

If you have a comment, advice or anything else, go go go, i wanna read it!! tongue.gif

Stay tuned, brb soon.

Ice
post #2 of 16
Look forward to seeing what you come up with! wheee.gif
     
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AMD Threadripper 1900x Asus Prime X399-A Asus GTX 980 ti Matrix Samsung 960 Evo 
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PowerCase
Seasonic 1050w 80+ Gold Corsair Air 740 
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i7 6800k Xeon e5-1620 V3 EVGA Micro 2 Asus GTX 780 
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Sapphire Fury X Sapphire RX 480 Kingston - FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 ADATA - XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400  
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SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB Kingston - SSDNow V200 be quiet! - PURE ROCK Windows 10 Pro 
PowerCase
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i5 6600k Asus Z170i Pro Gaming Sapphire R9 Nano Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 
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PowerCase
Seasonic 1050w 80+ Gold Corsair Air 740 
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Ok, I put my 2 angel / demon kids to bed, so lets go for the next update!!! biggrin.gif

Update:

Test on fitting the second side panel:


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Corner and middle cutted:

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That step was really painful, let me explain:

I had to manipulate the side panel a couple a of times to take measures, cut a corner, check if all fits , manipulate again, adjust cuts etc...

During this step, i broke 4 sides panels because the kerfs weaken panels so it was very difficult to manipulate without breaking it. So i had to do some more panels than expected mad.gif

After, autumn was coming and daylight was shorter, so i lost many days to make a makeshift workshop in my shed!! lol (you will see in next few pics)

Once workshop done, i cutted holes for fans on each side and the back, i had to make a jig for holes size of 240mm and 360mm and cutted hole with the router:

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Once i again, i broke 1 more side panel... very frustrating

That's it for now more to come soon!!

Comments and advice are welcome!

Ice
Edited by IceTouch - 11/12/15 at 5:51pm
post #4 of 16
Wow, that idea turned out gold! Very cool looking. Subbed for sure. This should be really cool.

Tell us about the hardware you plan to use!
post #5 of 16
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thanks Theokik, to start i will go with my current rig and add update when i will be there so there it is:

The specs will be the following:

Hardware:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB(2x8) DDR3 (will be updated to 32GB with corsair)
GPU: Asus HD6950 (the first thing I will upgrade!!! going for SLI with GTX 980 series)
PSU: Antec True Power Quattro 850 Watt (need to upgrade to a modular psu 1000w+ with corsair)
Storage: Corsair SSD Force LS 240GB x 2 + WD 500GB x 2


Cooling:
Did'nt put my mind on specific part yet but the idea is to have a hardtubed watercooling with:

Waterblock: For CPU and GPUs will go with EKWB witch nickel and acrylic style
Radiators: 2 x 360mm not sure yet between EKWB and Darkside
Tank: Not sure yet if i go with DIY or with 2 or 3 x tube tank
Fans: 10 x Corsair Air Series SP120, the only things i'm sure because it's already bought
Pump: 2 or 3 x D5 pump

Anyway, i still have a long way to there and have plenty of time to make choice on which parts will be upgraded and how it will be cooled.

First, I need to finish:
  1. building, painting, lightning the desk
  2. add controllers (fan, power buttons, IO ports (usb, jack etc)
  3. add the mounting parts for hardware
  4. sleeve wires
  5. and some more surprises to come!

Btw, i'm not sponsored and it's not my first intend so, i will have to make some choice based on my budget!! tongue.gif
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Update:

Panels was not permanently fixed, so i fixed that, glued and screwed! no panel broken during manipulation !! applaud.gif



Started top panels, so first i made the default shape to fit to the desk and after i grooved inside the board to let it sit perfectly on top of the desk.





Once this done, started to fill corner with mastic to make it more smooth





Before, i apply mastic to all desk, i put the middle panel with hole cutted for motherboard IO port



That's pretty much where i am now on the desk, i started legs this week so when it will be done, i will add more pics

Comments and advice are always welcome!

Ice
post #7 of 16
I really like the clean look of the desk layout right now! What monitors are you planning on using? Is it for productivity or just a badass gaming setup?
post #8 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by obikenobi27 View Post

I really like the clean look of the desk layout right now! What monitors are you planning on using? Is it for productivity or just a badass gaming setup?

Thanks obikenobi27, for monitors, i'm not sure yet if i will go with 3 x 27" curved monitors for a full surround gaming experience or very a large display in the middle like a 34" monitor and smaller one on each side. One of my friend have a 3 x 27" setup, i have to take a look at it first to get idea... Btw, it will be mostly for gaming.
post #9 of 16
love scratch builds! subbed!

did you have any guide or reference or examples that you used when adding the slots to get the bend right? or did you just wing it? looks great!
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by dirty elf View Post

love scratch builds! subbed!

did you have any guide or reference or examples that you used when adding the slots to get the bend right? or did you just wing it? looks great!

Thanks, if you search "kerf wood" on youtube you'll find some good tuto/example videos.


In fact, its easy if you follow these steps:
  1. define the radius you want to use (ex: 6inches)
  2. calculate the whole circumference for the radius (2 x Pi (3.1416) x radius = circumference) basic geometry!
  3. define the degree you want to bend (ex: 90degree)
  4. calculate the length (arc) where you will put your slots (kerfs) (circumference x (degree/360) = length)
  5. now you have the length, from 0 to the length you have to cut between 12 to 16 slots (depending on your saw blade thickness) with the same space between each cut

In my case, it was something like this: (2 x Pi x 6in) x (90/360) = 9.42in of length to manage where i had to put 13 kerfs with a space of 9.42in/13slot = 0.72in.


That did a great job!

Thanks for interest and stay tuned, legs update coming soon!

Ice
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