Composer's desk #1

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Project by nickbatz posted 07-23-2018 06:23 PM 1131 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a composer’s desk, with a sliding desktop that lets you go between playing the keyboard and writing/typing on the surface in half a second. That keeps you the correct distance from your speakers and computer monitor all the time, and the keyboard/mouse are always in the right position for typing or working the computer when you’re playing.

The desk in the picture is the first one I made myself. It’s an outgrowth of 12-year side business having a shop build them for me.

Someone offered me money to come up with a more affordable version, and it occurred to me that one way would be to build it myself. I’d been making detailed drawings for the shop to work from each time, so I understood how it all goes together. But this is 60% a re-design.

What I didn’t know was how much i’d enjoy it! I did this one with all hand power tools – a circular saw, jig saw, etc. But I’ve invested most of the profits from this project and the following three into shop tools – a table saw (actually I’m on my second one, a contractor saw), bandsaw, drill press, sliding compound miter saw, scroll saw, and lots of smaller stuff.

Since then I made a black one for another client, followed by a far more complicated, totally custom one that I’ll post separately. After that one I feel like I can do anything.

One thing I learned in the third desk that I’ll do from now on is build my own slides out of hardwood (maple). They work at least as well, and they’re nicer.

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#1 posted 07-23-2018 08:10 PM

Well done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 04:27 AM

Thanks! I really enjoyed making it.

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 12:20 PM

This is a very nice project and you have done a fine job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 05:56 PM


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