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#1 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:12 AM

I wasn't 100% what section to put this thread in, so if this is the wrong place please move it to the right one. This is also basically a copy of a thread I have on another forum.

I had designed a mockup in Sketchup and went from there. These mockups are just a basic idea, things got changed around during the build and the monitor stand is completely placeholder in the mockup.

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So, on to the pictures...

Starting work on the legs.
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Next we jump ahead a few weeks or so to a nearly complete desk, just adding final touches like trim. Still needs stained and then coated in finish for protection.

A good overview pick of the front of the desk, with the case shelf on the side.

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The back

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Shelf for my modem/router and anything else I plan to stick there...

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From the side

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Finished rear cable area (added the support across the bottom, the monitor support pole will be bolted to this)

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(Note to self, pre-drill holes to prevent wood splitting)

Case Shelf with trim (The blocks allow the case to still have it's roller wheels on it, the case support pads rest securely on the blocks If I want to remove the wheels, I just detach the shelf, unscrew the blocks and I have a flat shelf)

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Everything here was done with hand tools and these two saws. No fancy table saws here

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:12 AM

Jump forward a few days.





Finally got it all stained and the desktop coated with a few coats of Lacquer. I used "Natural" stain (so clear), so it didn't change the color at all.

The rest of the desk has some polyurethane on it though it needs a few more coats.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:12 AM

And some pics of the finished desk. The black tape are markers for where parts of the monitor stand will be, so ignore those. The stand will be attached to the desk, but built in a way it can easily be removed and the desk used without it.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

Nice, i am in the middle of a desk build too, except i have my computer integrated in the desk.

you are 1 up on me for the tools though, i got a circular saw and a jigsaw, no dropsaw here.

looks like a nice sturdy desk for a decent sized rig, cant wait to see it in action with some nice big screens on top

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

thats a really fine desk. I wish stores would sell such high quality stuff. Simple and elegant. What sort of training does one need to be able to make those?

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:04 AM

Nice, i am in the middle of a desk build too, except i have my computer integrated in the desk.

you are 1 up on me for the tools though, i got a circular saw and a jigsaw, no dropsaw here.

looks like a nice sturdy desk for a decent sized rig, cant wait to see it in action with some nice big screens on top

It'll have 3 ASUS VW266H Monitors on it once it's done.

thats a really fine desk. I wish stores would sell such high quality stuff. Simple and elegant. What sort of training does one need to be able to make those?

I got lucky, my father has 30+ years experience with wood working/carpentry/house building and he's been helping me out with the build.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:31 AM

It'll have 3 ASUS VW266H Monitors on it once it's done.


I got lucky, my father has 30+ years experience with wood working/carpentry/house building and he's been helping me out with the build.



Wow that looks really good. Can't wait to see some pics of your setup!

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:11 PM

Looks good. I wish i had time/cash/skill to build something like yours or mucho's. My epic piece of excuse for a desk is a door layed over the fram of an old walmart desk. Loads of room but that's all its go going for it.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:57 PM

Looks good. I wish i had time/cash/skill to build something like yours or mucho's. My epic piece of excuse for a desk is a door layed over the fram of an old walmart desk. Loads of room but that's all its go going for it.

Ahaha sh|t yeah door desk


Great work S.T.A.L.K.E.R. can't wait to see it all geared up.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

looks good another vote for the can't wait to see action shots :)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:13 AM

Looks good. I wish i had time/cash/skill to build something like yours or mucho's. My epic piece of excuse for a desk is a door layed over the fram of an old walmart desk. Loads of room but that's all its go going for it.


my desk is a bit of kitchen worktop, on a little plastic desk...

nice work OP!!! :thumbsup: wish I had the space to fit a desk like that in my room :D

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:47 AM

Good work man. I really like the idea of the holes leading into the "cable management" area you put in, nice thinking! Honestly, I think that's the best idea I've ever seen in a desk xD. There's one thing I would add if that was my desk: A rod protruding about 5" from the right corner of the desk (for hanging headphones when you get up.) Thought I'd mention it in case you wanted something like that too.

I've been wanting to build my own desk forever, and unlike the million mods I consider and never do: It's something I'm going to do. When I do, I'll let you know what it looks like.