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This instructable shows how to build a desk in a closet.

Tools: table saw, cross cut saw, scroll saw, drill, hammer, countersink drill, level, router, screwdrivers, sander, sandpaper, ruler, pencil.

Material: 3/4 MDF plywood, mahogony trim, draw slide hardware, wood screws, finishing nails, tung oil, wood glue, keyboard drawer, electrical wall outlet, ethernet outlet, electrical wall switch, ethernet cable, electrical wire, paint.

Author's Comments: (06-Dec-08)
1) Added a few more pictures.
 
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Step 1: Clearing the Work Area

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Start with an empty closet. Remove closet doors, rugs, and trim. This closet is approximately 2 feet deep by 8 feet wide. Its easiest to work with a nice clean workspace.

Step 2: Create Desk Mount Points

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Cut a strip of 3/4 MDF and attach to back wall of closet. The top of strip should be 3/4" below the top surface of where you want the top of your desk to be. Do the same along the front edge of closet as shown. Locate the studs behind the sheetrock using a stud finder. Drill holes throught MDF strip, countersink the holes, and secure with wood screws. Use a level to make sure the top of the strip is level all the way around the closet.

Step 3: Cut and Test Fit Desk Top

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Take measurements of the closet. Using these dimensions measure and draw the shape of the top of the desk on a sheet of 3/4 MDF. Use scroll saw to cut. Test fit the desk top in the closet by letting it sit on the strips installed in step 2. Do not fasten the top to the strips at this time.
LP212 months ago
Great Idea !, found 2 of these.
Thanks !
criggie2 years ago
Agree with many other comments.

Recommend LED lighting, not Flouroescent. Could even light up individual shelves to remove shadows.

I would need many more power points, some above and some below the desk.

I'd put in more ethernet too, but that's me.

Why did you put in a keyboard/mouse tray when there's no computer? Do you set up a laptop there sometimes?

There are mounting systems to fasten an LCD monitor to a wall or under a shelf, saving precious desk space.

Good idea using a rolly chair on the hard floor. That would be much harder if there was a bottom sill or tracks for a door.
What is the cost of this project without the tools.
thb43 (author)  tfitzgerald43 years ago
Material Listing:
3/4 MDF plywood,
mahogony trim,
draw slide hardware,
wood screws,
finishing nails,
tung oil,
wood glue,
keyboard drawer,
electrical wall outlet,
ethernet outlet,
electrical wall switch,
ethernet cable,
electrical wire,
paint.

I'd say $100-$200 (plus your time) depending on what deals you can find on the above materials.
Love your ideas here. I was considering turning my closet into a desk area some time ago, but I tossed the idea... your instructable has re-sparked that possibility. I'm digging the tool well idea especially - I'm a jewelry artist and stuff gets in the way all the time :)

Out of curiosity, do you remember how many MDF sheets you used for this?

How did you finish the MDF surfaces? Any particular reason you didn't paint?
thb43 (author)  padawanspider4 years ago
Thanks for the comments. I love the tool wells too. Its great to have my tools where I can see them and get to them easily yet still have them out of the way. I seem to remember using about 3 or 4 sheets of MDF. I finished the surfaces with sealer & tung oil because I like the look of stained wood better than painted surface. Also it would have been a waste of the expensive mahogony wood trim pieces if I would have painted over them. Painting would have been easier and quicker but it wouldn't have produced the look and feel I was going for.
lobalt4 years ago
I had the idea of cutting out a little in the middle of the desk. It would be just big enough to slide the chair into. You could then slide the chair in, close the doors (which you would have left on) and have a Hide-away Office.
Tagarashi4 years ago
All the tools required I might as well get someone to do it for me.

Table saw, cross cut saw, scroll saw, drill, hammer, countersink drill, level, router, screwdrivers, sander, sandpaper, ruler, pencil + my time.

whats that like $1000? And dont tell me to get some cheap Chinese made pos table saw from harbor freight for $40 that could kill me first time using it.

Im going to make a instructable .. How to build a rocket ship... Tools needed: 2 SRBs, Launch pad,  Vehicle Assembly Bay ~3,665,000^3 meters, dont forget your APCP!  EASY DIY!
well actually i have all that stuff for work already  ind its probably something you could do over a weakened 
I have all that stuff AT work, and can do it there,
DIY Dave5 years ago
I would do this if my closet didn't have so much stuff stored in it.
or a rental property lol 
lol
guy904 years ago
Impressive desk! I'll be tempted to try this one day. If the closet doors could be fitted in place with a lock, then you could have your own, private multimedia station.
You know, on the thumbnail, it looks like a desk flush against a wall. Great instructable!
andmic5 years ago
it's awesome, but what happen with your closet?
That's really cool, I think I'll try this. If i can ever clean my closet. :P
lofgren5 years ago
Love it.. I dig on custom furniture. Good use of the space too.
Thats great as I was reading it I kept waiting for the part where you put the bathroom fan in to get rid of the solder smoke. WHen my kids move out this is will happen
Coffee bean5 years ago
not that is awsome!
8bit5 years ago
What a wonderful Idea!!
I love it.