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First things first,i just want to say that i have zero carpentry/construction experience!

The main reason i want to build my own,rather then buying one,i sbeacuse its kind of hard to find on that accommodates my Rocketfish case,since its enormous.

Im not a very creative person,and with lack of experience,it was kind of tough to get a base plan

What would be the best type of wood to use in this situation?

The Computer compartment will have one Acrylic side,with an acrylic door,this is my first time playing with acrylic.

The back of the computer compartment will have 2 120mm fans to help with the ventilation....maybe 140mm's


The little table at the edge is for my printer,i really don't like the looks,but i think the function out weighs the looks...is there an easy way to make it removable,like some kind of latches?

I need some good wire management ideas.

I haven't set my mind on a color,i will most likely just stick with black.

I would really appreciate some of you guys input and advice.

here i did a Simple 3d model of a base plan.

Please feel free to criticizes.




Edited by [Alsharifi] - 5/18/08 at 3:01am
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Measure twice, cut once. Otherwise go for, just make sure you don't change your mind mid project.
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I'd personally use oak for the desk, stained black, and aluminium or steel for the legs..

or ya could be really cool and make it entirely out of aluminium

For cable management you could make a channel on the underside of the desk, basically a rectangular hollow beam running under the desk that can carry the monitor/mouse/keyboard/speaker cables to the PC, then you can have a second one mounted to the back of the PC shelf, that carries the Power cables to the power outlet...
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Measure twice, cut once. Otherwise go for, just make sure you don't change your mind mid project.
I have messed up to many cutting projects to screw that up again!

I have yet to come up with the dimension's,ill whip the tape measurer out tomorrow

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I'd personally use oak for the desk, stained black, and aluminium or steel for the legs..

or ya could be really cool and make it entirely out of aluminium

For cable management you could make a channel on the underside of the desk, basically a rectangular hollow beam running under the desk that can carry the monitor/mouse/keyboard/speaker cables to the PC, then you can have a second one mounted to the back of the PC shelf, that carries the Power cables to the power outlet...
aluminum and black wood will look good,and flow nicly with my case.

I dont know much about wood,how sturdy is oak?..i want a solid desk.

yea,i could run the wires down on of the legs,and then into a hollow tube.

No flaws with the design yet?..

awesome ideas guy,thanks for the input +rep!
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Oak is a very hard wood, used in alot of european furniture...

seems to be a good design, sturdy and should distribute weight evenly...

Cant wait to see how it turns out
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Glass with silvery colour legs xD
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I would use oak plywood for strentgh, you can usually find that at specialty lumber outlets.You can trim (cover) the exposed plywood edge with 'screen' its called, its a flat ,long piece of trim that is slightly rounded on both sides. You'll also need bracing,that I don't see in your drawing,It'll stop the desk from swaying side to side.You can hide the bracing on the back side of the legs near your desktop.Buy metal tubing and a hole saw the size of your tubing for the areas where your legs continue on to the next deck.
    
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Oak is a very hard wood, used in alot of european furniture...

seems to be a good design, sturdy and should distribute weight evenly...

Cant wait to see how it turns out
Sounds good,I will check out Oak prices at Dixiline/HomeDepot.

thanks.


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Glass with silvery colour legs xD
Glass is a little to heavy,noisy,and fragile (I have a bad habit of Slamming my desk when i get pwnt in COD!) ,and it wouldn't match my Room very well.

but thanks for your opinion.

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I would use oak plywood for strentgh, you can usually find that at specialty lumber outlets.You can trim (cover) the exposed plywood edge with 'screen' its called, its a flat ,long piece of trim that is slightly rounded on both sides. You'll also need bracing,that I don't see in your drawing,It'll stop the desk from swaying side to side.You can hide the bracing on the back side of the legs near your desktop.Buy metal tubing and a hole saw the size of your tubing for the areas where your legs continue on to the next deck.
wow,your the man ive been looking for!

Do you think i can find an aluminum Trim?..do i glue it down?

And the bracings are like 90° metal corners?..i could put them behind the legs and the computer compartment?


Like my Homey Touches?


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Im heading over to home depot in a little bit,what thinkess does plywood usally come in?

im thinking like 1/2 or 3/4 of an inch for the Desktop....and something a little thinner for the shelfs and stuff?
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just don't abandon us like the last person Looks like a very nice design
    
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