Introduction: Computer Control Center - a DIY Workspace (in Progress)

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Step 1: Designing the Beast

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 As i am no pro, i use Google SketchUp for the design and planning of my new table aka "The Beast", so i get some pretty good plans and also 3D-models.

Step 2: Get the Stuff You Need

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 For the tabletop i used a 2m x 1.6m MDF-sheet.

Saw, Sander, Pens, Tape, a Bowl, Drill

Step 3: Measure Twice

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As usual i started by "drawing" the planned layout to the wood, now you can see where the bowl was for ;-)

Step 4: Saw, Saw and Saw

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 First of all:
Before making the inital cut, check the plans again!

After that i made a slighty smaller "hole" then i needed, to ENTER the beast ;-)

Once i had space i made the planned cutting.

Step 5: Sanding, and Sanding! Oh Yes, and Sanding!

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 The whole sanding took me longer then the sawing, but i think, that's normal ;-)

Step 6: A Few Tweaks

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 I decided to drill a big hole in one end for future cable-management.

Step 7: Running Some Usability Tests

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 After the beast was ready i took it over to my office to run a few tests.

Also i'm waiting for the material for the legs (which i want to weld by myself *g*).

As soon as everything is done, i'm going to paint it ;-)

Step 8: Changing the Design

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 While running the "usability tests" i found out, that i needed more room for stuff, so i designed a shelving unit for the beast which doubles as room divider to the "couch corner".

Just ordered the wood ;-)

Step 9: Painting the Beast

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I choose a red paint, just because i liked it ;-)

Step 10: The Legs

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I took some metal from the "junkyard" of the inhouse weldingshop and asked the welders (with a bribe aka 'box of beer') to weld them as i want it - looks pretty good, or?


dsantil71 (author)2013-06-16

What are all of your dimensions for your desk? The lengths, widths of every side?

markuskm (author)2010-02-17

 have you checked out the legs at IKEA, I would think that is a bit cheaper than welding your own.

ToolboxGuy (author)markuskm2012-06-24

Last time I checked, it was roughly $15 US for ONE leg (Jan. 2012). If I had the time/materials/tools to craft my own legs and be creative, I'd skip ikea altogether.

I would possibly consider using their work surfaces, but they too border on the highly overpriced.

cyberfux (author)markuskm2010-02-18

 Not really because the next IKEA is about 120km from here so you have to calculate the fuel.
Also i already HAVE the material for the legs lying around, just no time ;-)
As you can see on the pictures i am able to use a professional metal shop from one of the companies here, they also let me get through their "recycle bin" ;-)

masterochicken (author)2010-02-16


cyberfux (author)masterochicken2010-02-16


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