I wanted to use crates found at garage sales and thrift stores for the drawers, have a tidy cable and cord system, shelving integrated, not conceal too much of the wall, and to fit the space that i had evenly. I also wanted to spend as little money as possible on it and use salvaged materials.
I ended up only buying a few longer screws for the drawer handles - that was the only new purchase of anything i didn't have on hand.
Step 1: Materials
The entire desk was made out of red cedar 1x12 boards that i reused from shelving that was in the house and boards that i found in the attic and 2x2 red cedar pieces that i salvaged from the front porch railing.
The top of the desk was made with two pieces of tempered glass that i salvaged from a construction site -- they were extras.
The crates i collected slowly over a period of years from local sales.
The handles on the drawers were salvaged from a desk and a filing cabinet that were at the landfill and partially crushed.
The cable management tracks were removed from an electrical panel that was at the landfill as well.
Drawer hardware. Two of the drawers i put on tracks because i had salvaged them from old desks and because i could spare the extra space due to a crate being paired with a larger one. Friction drawers seem to be working alright with the others.
I used finishing nails for all the wood attachments and short screws with a very wide head for attaching the cable chases and the drawer hardware.
Unfortunately, my good digital camera was in for service as I built the desk so a few photos were taken with my cameraphone. Sorry about the poorer quality of them.
Step 2: Making the Cuts
2 1x12 boards at 6' 6" - these become the back "legs" of the desk and the sides of the book case.
5 1x12 boards at 29" - these served as the front "legs" and the inside of the drawer supports under the desk top.
3 1x12 boards at 5' for the back piece of the desktop and the lower two shelves.
2 1x12 boards at 61 and one half inches for the front portion of the desktop and the top shelf.
A number of shorter boards depending on the width of your crates and the drawer/shelf pattern you choose.
6 2x2s at 11 and a quarter inch (or whatever your 1x board width comes to.)
2 (minimum) at 23 inches (or whatever the depth of your desktop is)
Step 3: Assembly
I suggest stacking the crates you have in a few different arrangements to determine what will work best. Originally i did not plan on having the printer below the desktop but after having it on the desktop for a while i decided to move it below. Turning the crates wide side out may leave room for a desktop computer tower behind.
I had originally intended on integrating a paper/cardboard recycling and refuse station into the design but that didn't work out.