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This is a teak desk, with a 1" thick arcyclic top/inlay. The desk is 31" tall, 48" wide, and 24" deep. The dimensions were chosen to maximize leg room and working space.''

If you hate wires, this arrangement is for you...

I bought my iMac in early may, and refused to open the box until I had the proper desk to place it on. I had a few specifications in mind: I wanted luxurious leg room, and a simple and architectural design that both incorporated the sleekness of the computer as well as the darkness of the woods in my room. 

I didn't really have a specific budget in mind, but i figured a large desk with a veneer and a cool top would cost me around $300-$400.

Asides from being ripped off in Chinatown, the costs of this desk were kept pretty low... kind of.

**Home depot's 4" blocks are actually 3.5".

update: I recently added a remote controlled mount to my desk that allows me to use my iPad as a distant monitor and as a mouspad.

This is a motor driven iPad mount created using a Firgelli track actuator. The iPad can be used as a monitor or as a visual mousepad for your desktop computer.

Actuator: http://www.firgelliauto.com/default.php?cPath=104
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Nice design. I like the simplicity of the acrylic with the natural wood (no veener or particle board). Do you have any issues with the acrylic and static build up during the winter?

tigerbomb84 years ago
i am making one
Romado12187 (author)  tigerbomb84 years ago
Very nice, I want to make a bigger one too... use one piece of glass or acrylic though!

what kind of wood are you going to use
pine and i might stain it to look like red wood
eb36044 years ago
your math doesn't add up. I'm confused
Romado12187 (author)  eb36044 years ago
what math are u referring to?
First off, when you buy lumber it is not actually the size it is called due to it being dried in a kiln, etc. So a 4x4 is really 3.5"x3.5". Yes one could buy a 6x6 (5.5"x5.5") and get it cut down to exactly 4"x4", but A. Home Depot doesn't do that, and it would cost more than $30.

Secondly, your math is wrong for the two shorter cross beams. Your instructions say that you need "18" 7/8 cross beams," and the depth of the desk is 24". Using your measurements, 19+4+4 = 27". Even using the true dimensions of a 4x4, it would give a depth of 26".

Romado12187 (author)  eb36044 years ago
All of the wood used for this project ie. the wood beams, was less than $30... and it was purchased from home depot. Lets say the beams are just 3.5", they are referred to as 4" blocks in the store... so I refer to them as being 4" as to avoid someone looking for a 3.5" blocks that doesn't exist.

As for the measurements, I just remeasured it, and it's 17" and 1/8 (for both cross beams) and the legs are 3.5" plus a little extra for the veneer. So, 17+7 and change is 24" and change.

"For the crossbeams, cut 8x 18" 1/8 strips and 4x 39" 1/8 strips." that's in reference to the veneer for the cross beams, hence the 8x... but alas, it should be 17 and 7/8 and I will edit that in that section.

I'll also add a blurb that says the 4" beams are actually 3.5".
sebgonz4 years ago
Have you run into the issue of the desk wobbling back and forth at all since you have a "floating" front lip? I've been building this design (without the acrylic top) and so far it seems a bit wobbly.
Romado12187 (author)  sebgonz4 years ago
not at all, its very sturdy because of the 4" wide legs, if it's wobbly one of your angles may be off... try to use dowels too
It's got dowels in it. It's actually a lot sturdier once the glue dried. Thank goodness. :)
forte19945 years ago
Very nice work all you need to add is a couple leds and you will have a light up desk.

nice work
nallen5 years ago
The table is a beauty. I suppose it's an iMac on (a) Window?!
sebgonz5 years ago
Geez! So many haters on a DESK instructable. Calm down folks. To the OP, this is a great design and right up my alley. I've been looking to build a new desk for months. I might have to use this one.
criggie5 years ago
So how does it go with the scratching? Have you made any marks in the top from use? How about fingerprints from day to day use?
Romado12187 (author)  criggie5 years ago
Haven't scratched it yet. Depending on what your doing, the top can get pretty smudged up. The acrylic has a few benefits to glass: I'm pretty sure it has a higher refractory index and it's much easier to work with. Glass would be easier to clean, and it would also be much more resistant to scratching.
Actually acrylic has a lower refractory index unless it's Pyrex glass. Thats why glass tables have a green edge and acrylic doesn't. At least thats what I've been told. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_refractive_indices
why a mac? good desighn enjoy all those games your going to be playing
Romado12187 (author)  tuckerton2965 years ago
The 27" display is seducing to say the least. It's lightning fast, and it can handle all of the video processing and CAD work a man could need!
I love macs. Dislike windows with a passion. I agree with you totally.
My 400MHz G3 iMac can handle the video editing I throw at it! :D (just standard def from a DV camera)
You do realize Steam is on Mac now.
This has nothing to do with this instructable. It can be used for any computer. It is simply a beautiful and functional design.
Because a pc wouldn't look as good on the desk. I am a pc windows 7 user but I would buy a mac purely for the design and amount of thought they put into all the small details. The only reason I don't is due to the cost, I can buy a perfectly capable pc for £300-400 where as a mac will run into the £1000 mark. I would install windows 7 because I prefer windows to osx and the software I use is mostly windows only.
MarcusAvery5 years ago
I have been looking for something like this! Very Cool! Thanks!
Beergnome5 years ago
its a nice desk... why not just call it a desk though?
dgrif5 years ago
Very cool, thanks for sharing. Love how half the comments turned into a apple hater parade. used whatever you want to, who cares ;) cheers!
stageone5 years ago
For people talking about the price of this table and for the poster as well, it is best to look up a commercial plastics company in your area when looking to buy plastic goods. You can buy 4x8 ft sheets in all thickness and colors and they can cut to any size you wish as well. Using nice pine or any less expencive wood stained to teak or whatever you like and hitting the plastics store will build this desk for about a 4th of that $490 price. It's up to you what you feel like spending on this one. You could make the legs out of solid gold and it would cost a million dollars. Also when if you use acrylic you really should put glass on top of it or the plastic goods WILL scratch. Even if you buy coated scratch resistant material it still will show wear and scratches. Hats off, nice job on the instructo and the table. I'm sure that you will enjoy it for years to come. If it hazes of gets minor scratches before you get a glass top the same place you buy the actylic they sell a scratch removing polish. Enjoy!
xhedos5 years ago
$490 seems like a hefty price tag for your simple design and materials. Any way to cut that down?
zack247 xhedos5 years ago
i think most of the price is the acrylic and the veneer, a sheet of 1/8" thick acrylic half that size is $75 at the home depot, and im sure veneer isn't too cheap either
I don't know where you live but online at HomeDepot a piece 24x48 .220 Clear Acrylic Sheet Model MC-20 is $55.00 Thats 2 times as thick as that $75 peice that is half the size needed you talked about. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=acrylic+sheet&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053
If you can afford the overpriced computer, than you can afford the desk. :P
it isn't really overprice I tried seeing how much it would be to build it with similar specs and the imac came cheaper
Romado12187 (author)  cloudbook19945 years ago
... and it's amazing looking
well, they get thousands of the parts used to make it a day so ya, its pretty cheap
Romado12187 (author)  xhedos5 years ago
Don't use teak, and don't use acrylic. You could just paint the wood frame instead of using a veneer. You could also just make a wooden top... but then desk just becomes like any other desk. Good materials usually have their costs. The inlay design had it's costs as well raising the cost of a 1"x2'x4' from $170 to $300. So if you eliminate the veneer, and simplify the top design, you could make this for about, ~$240. While the modifications decrease the price, they would also decrease the aesthetic value of the desk. The desk is as much about the materials as it is about the design.
Tampaguy5 years ago
Anyone who has ever visited an Apple store (where they sell iMacs) will recognize that the style of this desk is the same as Apple uses - simple, functional, and beautiful. This desk is built along the same lines. I believe the choice of kind of computer used is personal. Comments should reflect that. I have both Mac and PC but spend most of my time on the Mac.
Romado12187 (author)  Tampaguy5 years ago
I actually did base the design off the apple store desks
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