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Project by Kyle Hooks posted 08-02-2014 01:02 PM 3840 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got hooked on woodworking with this project. I grew up learning basic woodworking skills, but it really became a passion when I needed a really specialized desk I couldn’t find anywhere else other than in my head.

With the birth of our second child, I lost my office in our 3-bedroom house. I’m in an online graduate program, so I really need a desk to study at home. I needed one that could fold away and be hidden in our bedroom, but at a 90 degree angle from the wall so that the light from the monitors wouldn’t wake my wife at the rediculously early hours that I study (starting at 3AM or so).

So this is the design I came up with. I think if we move, I’ll leave it in the house and build a new one wherever we end up because there are so many things I’d do differently.

The whole unit roles on a 4” locking caster and is attached by door hinges into a stud. Folks who have seen it are surprised by how sturdy it is…at least my 2-year-old hasn’t been able to pull it down yet.

Here’s some more detail pictures:

As a former IT nerd, cable management was important. Here’s how I did that. You’ll notice from the project photos above, my laptop actually sits on the bookcase side of the desk and the cables (4 of them: power, USB dock, VGA & HDMI) pass through to the desk side.

Staining it was interesting. Here’s the desk pre-stain. This is how I learned how to stain before final assembly. I actually had a mishap where I knocked it over and had to fix a couple broken pieces.

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 01:06 PM

Very creative! I coulda used something like this years ago!

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#2 posted 08-02-2014 06:55 PM

Great furniture design. Excellent hide away.

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#3 posted 08-02-2014 09:05 PM

Very well thought out and executed. Good luck on your grad program!

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#4 posted 08-02-2014 11:43 PM

Whoa!, great build. IT nerd turned engineer, great solution and creation.

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#5 posted 08-03-2014 02:02 AM

Love it! Awesome!

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#6 posted 08-03-2014 04:36 AM

Great innovative design. Good job!

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#7 posted 08-03-2014 07:51 AM

very cleaver ,a Murphys desk

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#8 posted 08-03-2014 10:49 AM

Kyle, Welcome to LumberJocks. Very nice design and execution, good excuse to get started in woodworking as well. Even though there are things that you would change, it’s great having something that you designed and built I’m sure. I got started back up in order to build my office as well. I didn’t want to throw money at poorly made put together furniture .

Good luck with your studies and hope to see some additional future projects. With a young child there is always something to be built. Hope they can join you in the shop as well. My daughter started at 3 in my shop.


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#9 posted 08-03-2014 01:38 PM

Kyle, excellent in all aspects! I would like to know what you would change reason being I am contemplating a similar solution for my teen granddaughter who is an avid writer but lives in a room just slightly larger than a closet – by choice.

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#10 posted 08-04-2014 12:33 PM

REally like the design and the build. Great space saver. Well Done

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