Oak Computer Desk

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Project by jerry118 posted 03-21-2008 11:31 PM 2897 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project somewhat evolved from my original plan to build a roll top desk. Then one day as we were visiting a furniture store, we saw a desk similar to this and the design of our desk changed to this.

I began by sketching an idea on a small scrap of paper and then proceeded to begin building.

I started with the base. It is made up of two modules, one on each end. The left end consists of five full suspension drawers. The right end has three full suspension shelves and two drawers for storage of paper and other miscellaneous stuff.

The top surface is ¾ inch plywood with approximately three inch wide edging. Once the two base pieces were attached to the top, I decided that the desk would never be moved by me, it’s too heavy.

The top provides more storage and I get the benefit of the small drawers.

The file cabinet was a later project, and is also full suspension. You can never have too much storage space. Also each flat surface can be stacked full as well.

-- Jerry, Wichita KS

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#1 posted 03-21-2008 11:38 PM

Wow! That desk is big. Oak is a great wood to work with. You did a great job.

-- bryano

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 12:21 AM

Great looking desk , Like that oak

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

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Ad Marketing Guy - Bill

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 12:59 AM

VERY nice project——very functional and quite attractive, nice craftsmanship.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#4 posted 03-22-2008 02:53 AM

Outstanding computer desk. You did a beautiful job on it. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-22-2008 03:11 AM

Love the oak. It is what I like to work with the most. Not too soft and not too hard. Very nice design and workmanship.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 03-22-2008 04:39 AM

Great desk, Jerry. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one whose finished projects don’t always end up being exactly what was envisioned at the start. <g>

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

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 03-22-2008 04:52 AM

This is a wonderful post, Jerry. I am sure that you are pleased with the way this project transformed itself from a roll top desk into a computer station. The oak gives this a classic look and you have put a lot of details into the piece that you wouldn’t find commercially.

This is a very nice project.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-22-2008 05:32 AM

Looks like it has grown to fill the room. Good job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-22-2008 05:52 AM

Great looking desk – looks like you thought of everything.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 03-22-2008 10:43 AM

You have made a marvellous desk with place for every thing you can think of. The specs on the top brings life to the table

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 03-22-2008 02:39 PM

Great example of purpose-built furniture. My compliments on your craftsmanship.

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