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.
Step 1: Materials and Equipment
4X 4"x4"X6' pine beams/< $30
1X 2'x4'x1" acrylic sheet w/ 4" squares cut out of corners/~$300, I purchased this from canal plastics in chinatown, they did a nice job cutting and polishing the acrylic, but it should have been about 50 dollars cheaper.
1X 4'x8' teak veneer, with 20 mil backing/$120
1X Wood filler/$9
1X Clear Polyurethane Semi-Gloss /$12
1X Minwax finishing paste/$9
1X Dry wall screws/$10
1 Miter saw
220, 300 grit sandpaper
#0000 steel wool
Total cost of materials: $490
** If you can avoid buying wood from home depot, you should, their wood is wet and painfully crooked. I made the mistake of buying their beams, and spent an extra 6 hours sanding to get everything level.