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is there a way to make an industrial looking computer armoire that is about 7 ft tall? Answered

I need to build a computer desk or armoire that is about 7 feet tall.  I am kind of into industrial, with wood and metal, or metal and glass.  It needs to be really tall, but narrow like 36-40 in or so.  My husband wants doors on the front to close the computer in.  It can have shelves above it and below it or drawers or whatever.  I am just hoping to avoid spending a fortune.  to purchase one would be $1600 minimum.
Thanks for your help, 

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l8nite (author)2010-03-18

 Get 2 sets of  metal garage shelves and stack to get your height, coragated metal roofing for the sides and doors. would probably cost under $200.us

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-03-18

Using pipe and fittings from the hardware store plumbing section, you could make a very serviceable industrial-looking frame, and add plywood or glass shelves as needed. Doors could be attached by drilling holes for the hinges into the pipes and attaching them with self-tapping sheet metal screws. I guarantee it would come in under $1600.

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lemonie (author)2010-03-18

Have you thought about looking at 2nd hand furniture for something about the right size, and thinking "could I fit metal / glass / shelves etc to it?"?
Rather than build it, modify something that's roughly right as a carcass.


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jeff-o (author)2010-03-18

I suggest making a few sketches of what you'd like it to look like.  Design maybe 5 or 6 variations, and either pick the one you like best or choose features from all the designs and combine them into one.

Now, think about each of the components and what they're made of, and how they could fit together.  Visit a home renovation store and look through the shelves of raw materials like wood, ductwork, plumbing and electrical for inspiration.  Remember, a little modification and a splash of paint can make something look very different!

Now, with a head full of ideas, go back one last time to your drawings and make a few more changes here and there, to accommodate the parts you've found.

Then start building!

Hope that helps...

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steveastrouk (author)2010-03-18

How about a photo of what costs 1600 USD to give us an idea of what you are looking for ?


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