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Sup everyone. So i've been thinking about building a desk for my PC, my main reason is i cant fit a FT02 on my current desktop and i want to make my own. I want a compact design, for case, monitor, keyboard and mouse; still thinking what to do with my headphones. I've never worked with wood before, only destroying plexiglass and steel to do some light mods with a dremel and some painting . My plan is getting a jigsaw/drill, what else do i need? I want those colors (dark-gray and light-gray), what do i need to finish MDF (i know this works, although i have no idea how it is called in my country ), i dont have enough tools/money for some hardcore woodwork with real wood

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Jigsaw and drill should be plenty(a lot of work too). If you are going to glue any joint remember mdf soaks up a lot of glue so i suggest adding a little pre-glue, let it get tacky, then add more, and join panels. Sand paper, primer and paint, to finish. Mdf is usually pretty smooth so you might want to scuff it a little. The edges are the hardest part to paint imo.
post #3 of 9
I don't suggest using a jigsaw to cut that much wood, especially the long straight sections.

Your better off using a circular saw for long sections and a jigsaw for rounding the corners.
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^ this if you can afford both if not just clamp a guide and use the jigsaw.
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+Rep to all! Thanks for your help ill see if i can buy both, what brands would you recommend? I know bosch-dewalt-makita are amongst the best, but no way i can afford to get drill-jigsaw-circular from those brands at once. If you guys really believe is a must-do investment ill get one at a time and just wait a few months before doing this desk. Thanks in advance
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Check out pawn shops they usually have decent tool selections.
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post #7 of 9
Don't forget a cheap respirator. Well worth the couple bucks, especially for MDF.

You could do all that with a jigsaw, but like vspec said, your long, straight cuts won't be perfectly straight unless you have a ton of practice, and even then it may be off.
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Found this within my price range

, should i get this? I could probably buy drill/jigsaw from skil but I'm not sure about its quality, is it good enough for occasional use? I mean, I'm not planning on making desks every weekend
Edited by NorCa - 3/15/11 at 12:45am
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Makita is a reputable brand. Any good quality brand is going to be a good investment and last a good while.
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