In this two part video and Instructable, I'll show you how to build your own computer desk / desk PC. What's a desk PC? Well, you take all of your computer components and shove them into your desk, negating the need for a computer case. More importantly, they're fun to build and trick out!

Make sure to check out the two videos above before moving onto the Instructable! There's a lot of detail that's hard to convey through pictures and text alone. Onwards!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials, Hardware & Tools

This desk has a LOT of hardware, I tried to list everything below as that's the most common question on these Instructables usually. The tools needed for this build are pretty simple, you could build the whole desk with a circular saw, jigsaw, and drill.

Materials Used on Computer Desk / Desk PC Build

Tools Used on Computer Desk / Desk PC Build

<p>Cool project. Awesome license plate btw :D</p>
<p>I like it :)</p><p>About 20 years ago I did something similar.</p><p>The woodworkers said &quot;why&quot;? The computer people said &quot;can't be done&quot;.</p><p>I like when people say impossible. Then I go and do it lol :)</p><p>Good build :)</p>
<p>Nice build..but you decided not to go with a glass top like Linus Sebastian did to show off the components (maybe you gave a reason for that in your video but I didn't watch all the way)</p>
<p>There is a reason a computer is housed in a steel cage. Look up electromagnetic radiation. WTF is wrong with ppl? Say hello to exposure to EM radiation. </p>
<p>you can't get hurt from EM radiation</p>
Well you certainly can make the case that some EM noise will escape more readily, it's certainly not a health concern. Any escaping amount would be very small and since it's non-ionizing, not going to do anything even you get exploded to a few femtowatts. Computer cases are not faraday cages as is. They have very little serious EM reduction. <br><br>
<p>How would it make you feel to know the sun and the earth are also exposing you to EMR. Might want to hide in a bunker during a storm.</p>
The fear of Em radiation exposure must not be too big of a concern: can't think of a single laptop out there that's in a metal case (I'm sure they're out there, just never seen one)
Man, you are just full of negativity. You also left a negative comment on the YouTube video.
<p>Sorry, what's that reason? Because last I checked, none of the computers I've used or owned have been housed in steel. In fact, many of them were housed in acrylic when housed at all. Your concerns are valid, but a computer doesn't emit sufficient EM emissions to pose any sort of health risks. No more than the completely unshielded power running through your walls.</p>
<p>You could have made a suggestion, such as using a shielding type of paints that luthiers use inside the control cavities of an electric guitar. Just saying..there's plenty of easy remedies for dealing with your concerns here. </p>
<p>Quick turn off all the lights! It's everywhere!</p>
<p>what's the estemated price of this</p>
<p>Probally got the idea from Linus. </p><p>+1 for compleated</p>
<p>guess you never heard of l3p d3sk or red harbinger</p>
<p>Great stuff! Loved the idea of stuffing the boards and disks inside the desk but then I read that comment about interferences. Maybe that could be solved with a metal grid box. It wouldn't interfere with cooling but would hopefully work as a Faraday cage. Additionally you could also include some liquid cooling system to make it all the more quiet. I don't care much for the black, though, but that's a matter of taste. I understand that using some good looking wood would make it more expensive.</p>
<p>I do see what people getting at here, on placing in a drawer, I could see a few changed for those of us without bigger rigs. however the spaced out area allows for better cooling. Its a great build. I had thought about doing a build similar and might take your idea and do a build. Possible replacing the center with plexi and a wood frame to show off neon and or parts.</p><p>Definitely busted your tail on this one man....it shows...damn good looking.</p>
<p>If you don't need much computing power it would be real easy to build everything into one drawer. Just mount a ITX or other small motherboard in there with a power supply. You just need to make sure you have enough cable slack to open the drawer. Many other small computers come to mind, the quad core Raspberry Pi for example...</p>
Awesome I had seen this on reddit the other day!
<p>I love this concept, and your great instructions! Is it quiet with all the fans running? I'm concerned that the cavity would act like a speaker box and possibly amplify sound.</p>
It would be neat to have the uppermost areas as drawers instead of lifting the whole top (usability wise it means clearing off the whole desk to get at the pc). If you could fit the whole motherboard, and hdds in a drawer (even one without sides) the psu could still go in the back portion of the desk (under your lid) and the wires should have enough slack to slide the drawer out for testing or swapping parts. Might also be a good emergency measure in case things start to overheat (maybe a fan stops working or something). Being able to expose the board to ambient air at a moments notice might be beneficial. Anyway, great job and a nice design or inspiration point for others to use.
<p>I've done this some years ago. <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Computer-Desk-Modding/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Computer-Desk-Modd...</a><br>It really saves up some space. The only issued I had was when I needed to change something inside the desk, but besides that its great... really good instructable! I love your desktop </p>
<p>Is the &quot;Black Milk Paint&quot; a electrical conductive paint? (sorry, I hadn't ever heard of it) If it isn't, what are you doing about interference from outside sources? (The main reason computers are inside metal boxes)</p><p>Thank you... very nice project! Buddy</p>
<p>Nice!!! I've found a roller and foam brush to be much better for large projects...you cover tons of surface area with the roller and smooth the bubbles with a wide foam brush. Tipping and rolling. </p>
<p>Awesome! But you are not using safety wood pushers on your table saw...</p>
All it needs now is a scissors jack between the layers to turn it into a convertible sitting/standing desk, which is a change I plan to put in if I ever make this desk or something similar.
Also, good job! This is one of the highest quality desks I've seen in a while.
You even used the type of drawer fronts I prefer the most, since they don't need real handles!
<p>This is so awesome!! I love to build with wood, and my son loves to build computers - win, win! And there are some great cabinet building techniques to use/learn as well. Thanx for sharing.</p>
I would love to make this!
<p>Go for it!</p>
this is beautiful. Ill definitely take it into consideration!!

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