Oak Computer Desk

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 03-10-2009 09:38 PM 3131 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we were at the ranch in Wyoming, we measured and found out that our big desk wouldn’t fit anywhere. I got home and quickly designed and built this one from what I had in the shop. It is all solid Red Oak. The top is 24×40 and the legs are 30 inches tall. I added an inch because I seem to always have my knees against the bottom of the keyboard drawer. The legs are 1 3/4 inch square and are not tapered. The top is 13/16 inch thick. The apron is 4 1/2 inches high. I ripped the front apron to make the opening for the keyboard drawer. I then proceeded to have all kinds of trouble getting it to work the way I wanted. I wound up using a piece of piano hinge I had. The curve on the lower apron is to clear the hinge. It isn’t the greatest but it works. The drop door is held in place by two rare earth magnets. The mouse slide rides on dowels . I heard that you should not have the tower on the floor, so I put in a shelf. I put a coat of amber shellac on the top and then sanded it off. Someone on Lumber Jocks mentioned doing that. I really like the look. It adds a very subtle look to the grain on Red Oak. I top coated with poly, three coats on the top and two on the rest. I wanted to get it set up before we move. I still need to get the surge protector mounted on the back rail. Then when we set it up again we can eliminate most of the clutter under the desk.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 03-10-2009 09:53 PM

Very nice!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 03-10-2009 10:16 PM

Nice looking desk Thos. looks like you’ll be able to stay in touch with the group. I sure hope that you do. Just cause you ain’t saddle makin and wood workin as much don’t mean you can’t stop in and tell us how good we’re doin. lol. m.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 03-10-2009 10:50 PM

Great looking desk. The slide out is a nice touch.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-11-2009 02:10 AM

Very very nice desk and the pc’s components look neat & organized.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 03-11-2009 03:16 AM

This looks like this is a great solution. Looks nice. Like Charlie I like the slide out for the mouse. I have a computer desk about 3 projects away on my list. I’m tucking that slider in memory for that project. Thanks for posting.

-- Gary D.

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#6 posted 03-11-2009 03:40 AM

Nice clean lines Tom! Looks great, as usual.

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#7 posted 03-11-2009 03:51 AM

Hi Thomas

Nice looking desk . It should serve you will. Thanks for posting. Safe travels my friend.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-11-2009 04:01 AM

Dandy little desk Tom, nice space saver. I’m building one for our house right now to. It will built in though and have space for dueling computers for Karol and I.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#9 posted 03-11-2009 05:15 AM

Great looking desk. you did a good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#10 posted 03-11-2009 08:18 AM

Looks great. You’re really making the most out of your last (temporarily) shop hours!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#11 posted 03-14-2009 12:32 AM

Very practical Tom.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 03-14-2009 04:32 AM

Nice looking desk Thos. great solution for that smaller space.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 04-19-2009 02:43 AM

Nice computer desk.

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