Monday, June 16, 2008

Building a Desk: Good for Rep?

Step 1: buy a hammer, some decently long nails, kahlua, creamer, and vodka

Step 1.5: Get a nice, ergonomic glass, add ice, and pour a beverage. Think.

Step 2: Plan to use plywood, you can usually find some on clearance at Home Depot (also known as Hope Depot). They can also cut the pieces for you, usually for free, so no saw necessary. Make sure you are specific in how accurate they must be with their cuts... don't let the guy just be a loose canon.

Step 3: I basically built 2 file cabinets to use as support structures. It's important to put a shelf or 2 in there because this will help support the cabinet laterally. I essentially copied the dimensions of a standard 2-3 drawer file cabinet. I can't remember the exact dimensions, but you should be able to get all pieces out of an 8ft or so length piece (you'll need to design your cuts beforehand to tell the home depot bitch cutter). I think the height was around 2.5ft and the width was like 12 inches.

Wood is hit or miss, but if you're lucky you can find some good deals. Either way, $50 or so should cover it all. The emotional satisfaction is free.

Note: When designing your pieces, make sure you incorporate the width of the wood pieces in your measurements.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Bruhaha said...

did you forget to post this one 3 years ago?

11:03 AM  
Blogger T-rent said...

2 file cabinents plus one undrilled door is how I role to this day.

Could use an upgrade. Maybe an oak door?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Mix said...

Unless it is smoked hickory, I see no compelling reason to upgrade.

1:07 PM  
Blogger syd said...

just some things to consider so that when we are old we are less decrepit:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/Ergonomics/compergo.htm#DESK/WORKSTATION

4:24 PM  

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