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How to build a personalized desk/table

Ever wanted that perfect desk for your work habits? Ever had that corner in your apartment that needed a table but you could never find something that fit? This instructable will lead you through the process of researching, designing, and building a table for your specific purposes. For your reference, I present the plans and process for my table, and you are certainly free to duplicate my table, but unlike most instructables, these specifics are intended as an example only, and the main purpose here is to learn to build furniture tailored to your personal needs.

This instructable is organized as follows:
Overview
Research and Design
Planning
Tools
Materials
Construction

Overview
We're building our own table, whether because we're tired of tables that aren't quite right, we have a space that no table on froogle will fit, or we just always wanted our very own kickass table that no one else has.

The premise here is that you'll be building from standard lumber from somewhere like Home Depot, that you might not have a garage, that you haven't built furniture before, and that you haven't worked with any wood longer than 12" before. All of these were true for me. The only requirement is maybe that you aren't afraid to deal with arithmetic in units of inches and 1/16-inches, and you enjoy thinking in 3D. If instead you want to work with recycled lumber, consult these excellent instructables here and here, but hopefully this instructable can still help you with planning.

In regards to time commitment, research and design took about the same amount of time as planning, while actual construction probably took only half of that. In my case I did the thinking and researching over a week, and then actually got the lumber and built everything over a weekend.
 
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Xthinker2 years ago
I love the desk, I'm thinking about building one. My plastic table just isn't very space conservent!
Topcat20213 years ago
Good Job on the hard work that you have done. I like the way you studied what works for others and applied that to your own creations. I have built many pieces of furniture for my own place and sometimes have to be creative in my build design and construction methods (not all of us can afford all the neat toys (tools) and have to come up with alternatives) good luck on your future projects. Someday in the future if I happen to remember I'll take some pictures before a project is complete and post an instructable (I always get caught up in the project at hand and the thought of documentation comes too late)
Sorry for the long comment again GOOD job and may you have many successes in the future
Dan
I know the feeling, I've built more projects then I can remember myself. I get caught up in the problem solving and building and totally forget to take pics. for
future reference and for creating instructables.
rimar20003 years ago
Very good work!
kradeki (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Thanks! I hope it is clear and useful to people!
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