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Step 1: Planning the Layout of the Desk

I wanted to build a desk that was taller than it was wider, I also wanted it to fit in a corner. First step was drawing out some rough drafts.

I drew these on clear plastic sheets so I could lay them on top of each other then separate them in order to look at each group of components individually.


Step 2: Magical Stuff That Happens Without Any Photos

I used a pipe cutter to cut the tubes that I found at my local hardware store, they were designed as the top supports for chain link fences.

With the help of my pops, a router and a hacksaw I made the tabletop & shelves.

The Kee Klamp parts were ordered from two different suppliers.. each had, separately, the parts I needed.

These guys were great: http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/store/components/kee-klamp.html

Step 3: Construction of the Main Supports

Triangles are second only to circles in terms of strength. Thanks, High School Physics!

Step 4: Assembly of the Shelves

The fastenings are loose to allow for slight adjustments

Step 5: Adding the First Width Bar

The T's on the main supports are loose, this allows them to stand yet still rotate; allows for adjustments

Step 6: Adding the Monitor Support Bar & Shelves

Here's what I was having to modify; with the way I'd jerry-rigged the monitor support arm, the monitor still stuck out too far, taking up half of the tabletop. I added a couple of new bars and some elbow joints and moved the whole monitor arm bar back

Step 7: Spacing the Shelves, Mounting the Desk Top, Adding the Monitor

Be really careful with flatscreens, it can be very easy to crush the thin layers of the screen surface, making dead/discolored zones

Step 8: Details, Finishing Installation

FAQ

Q. Was building this desk hard?
A. Yes, it was. In retrospect, I should not have been drinking at the time.

Q. Did you get hurt?
A. Yes, sliding those joints around, you can seriously pinch your hands.

Q. Would you build me one?
A. Yes, for a thousand bazillion dollars.

Q would it be as cool as yours?
A. No, that would cost extra.
did you use these for the shelves? http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/store/components/kee-klamp/mh50-male-single-horizontal-swivel-socket-member.html
Whoa! sorry Montiet! I guess I haven't been on instructables in a while.. didn't see your comment. Yep! those are the ones I used!
RED GREEN SHOW!!!!
I think you may be the only person to have clicked through all my random stuff. +1 internets for spotting the reference, good sir!
If only Kee Klamps didn't cost so much ...
True, but in a way, they're a good investment.. you can't break 'em and you can always reuse them for future projects.. also, if you win the lottery.. you can totally go crazy and build a secret underground lair with 'em and then you can show them.. you can show them ALL!
Hahahaha! Yes we will show them all! Fantastic desk btw!
i agree , i have been looking t them for the last year , then i see the price and just has to be a much cheaper way, i hate to say it but i am sure china will knock them off and be a lot cheaper. I guess they are aimed more at the industry side where the price of the finished product is still half the conventional way, plus they can be reused at the next job site, very easily. i saw in one of the post on the alum 4 riser bed , that there is a overseas company selling a close comparison for half price. i am looking for a connector for the approx 1 inch ss tubing used in all the shelves, Seville is the orig manufacture i am fam with, now there are plenty of comparable. The tubing is much smaller, light duty compared to this.The nice thing is these shelving systems are everywhere, so the price of tubes is pretty cheap. That is a very nice desk .Really well done, good instructable too.
nice

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