Floating Desk

I've been thinking about making a desk for my new room. The best place for it would be to put in a a corner. I'm looking at dimensions of 41x21". What i want to do is make it floating so that i wouldn't have leg posts in my way. I've seen elsewhere floating shelves made from interior doors and was thinking about incorporating that into my desk design.  What i want to do is cut an interior door to this 41x21" dimension. Then hang it up just like you would a floating shelf. Because it's in a corner i would have the advantage of being able to cleat not only the back but also one of the sides. Once i had it in place i planned to put a supporting bracket on the floating side for a little extra support.  I just wanted to know what other people thought of this idea. Would it make a sturdy enough desk, or should i use a different material than the door?

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Glass Desk

So I'm in the middle of this rebuild of this stand up desk that I am finally getting around to. Now I tore off the old laminate, it was cracked so on, and so on. Now I was going to just put new laminate on it however, I sanded down the wood directly below and while I was rearranging my shop I  placed some glass I had laying around on top of it. Looking at it I realized I wanted to put glass on it instead of laminate.... (Thought process incase anyone is interested.... No one? Okay moving on.) Two questions.  One What type of glass should I use for the desk. I know tempered glass is safer, however I also know it will break much easier. Plus, the glass wont be floating with nothing below it so its not like if it does break glass will go everywhere if I use normal glass. And I don't want to use plexiglass because I don't want to have to deal with scratches.   Two Can I go to Home Depot and get glass cut to my dimensions needed for the desk?

Topic by Korndog   |  last reply


computer desk

Anybody interested in an instructable on building this desk that I'm going to build in the near future, it takes 1 and 1/2 sheats of 3/4th inch plywood to build. It's wide enough to hold up to 3  21 inch monitors. It can hold just about any mid tower computer  nicely, and under it i will be putting in a drawer but these aren't the final plans so I don't want to design a drawer just yet, next to the keyboard pullout would probably be a place to store documents, or in my case drawings. and on the right you'd have your multi purpose shelving may end-up making the spaces non permanent. Dunno we'll see how things go, I may not even use these plans.

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Desk chair fix? Answered

So, I put my feet up on the desk while sitting at my chair. And then this happened. http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/8859/imag0020b.jpg http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/8730/imag0022h.jpg How would I go about fixing this? (Sorry about scrappy phone pics)

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Finalizing my Desk

Hello Instructables members, I'm quite new to the wood crafting world and after many hours of research and opinions i have decided to make my own desk. I've got a 3D model of what i want and the hardware i use that justifies the need for the desk i built. I am at a stand still though has i have no idea of what type of wood to use or where to place supports. I've tried my best at figuring it out myself but i don't seem able to get it right. So if anyone could help me out please do! Also if anyone has any ideas to accessories to build into this desk please feel free to share! I've already got plans for grommets and an outlet for my laptops power brick. My model is open to anyone to modify and change, i also thank those that designed the monitors and laptop i used. Desk

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Remove scratches in desk? Answered

A few years ago I got my first x-acto knife. Of course, me being 12 years old I started cutting without thinking of consequences. Now My desk is all scratched up... There are also some Ferric chloride stains on the desk and I may have spilled some superglue on it, too. My desk is made of wood and has a shiny white layer over it, picture's down there Now here is my question: Is it possible to remove the scratches? By painting it or putting a layer of x over it? If not, how can I get the scratches to be less noticable? And how do I remove superglue and Fe(III)Cl stains?

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how to build a pipe desk?

I would like to use galavanized water pipe to make a computer desk that goes as high as my ceiling (shelves).

Question by gman1322   |  last reply


Material for table/desk top?

I am going to use milk crates (Spray painted silver) for the legs but I need a cool top I can use. This is mainly as a TV stand for a computer that I can put a chair under. I need a cool material that I can spray paint. or a glass/metal.

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How to make curved desk legs? Answered

Anybody know how to make curved desk legs like you see on some fancy desks.     I want to design my own but I would like to use legs like this and I don't know what I would need to do. Tools needed, best wood, methods etc... Thanks in advance.

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Help Needed: How would i make a 3-Section Floating Computer Desk (horizontal-diagonal-vertical)

I recently came upon the idea to build a floating or wall-mounted desk/workstation. I  am a graphic artist and use my computer area for computer research, drawing on my computer, drawing in sketchpads, printing/scanning, etc. its essentially my art-station.... So the idea came to give myself more room to get my work done, while at the same time not "crowding" my room, which isnt huge to begin with, since I don't have access to a separate office space. This idea could potentially give me enough space to draw and use my computer without having to constantly move things around to fit my materials. It would also allow for more leg room, as i could use my computer chair to roll through my entire area with no interference. I have a rough idea of how this might be able to work, but as i have never done any DIY projects, i figured i'd ask the more experienced people on here for their advice or opinions on the concept itself. and maybe if i am lucky i can get some recommendations on materials. i am VERY new to this and am running just on concept and basic logic; So the concept here is to have 3 pieces of wood, two of them will be 4' x 1' 6" ((48in x 18in)) and the center piece would be 4' 6" x 1' 7.5" ((54in x 19.5in)) however i would need to actually measure it out to make sure on that last one as i just did some quick math to scale of my drawings...  i have a diagonal wall in my room that connects to a horizontal and a vertical wall, which i plan to build the floating desk on. i included a diagram of how i plan to cut and connect the pieces (cutting off triangular pieces from each board should allow them to fit like a puzzle, to which i have to then find a way to attach them). Now, my question is, does this plan look doable. i feel it will be alot less expensive then buying a desk and i will have much more room for what i need. what would i need to support the desk? i would like to make this without legs if possible. while making it as sturdy as possible of course.... and i plan to add a sliding keyboard holder....i will not have many heavy things on top of the desk as shown on my diagrams, the heaviest thing would be an iMac which doesnt weigh much. i would also most likely stain the word a mahogany/reddish toned wood color. so i am looking for a sturdy would that can be stained fairly easily.... ((i will also cut a semi-circle hole on one of the boars for wires to go through, although i will have minimal wiring. I was thinking of using those L-shaped bracket things they sell at Home Depot to support the wood to the wall... they come at a maximum size of about 12 inches i believe....  Does anyone foresee any problems i might run into? any suggestions? is there some materials i should purchase. i have access to a power drill, and materials/machines to cut the diagonal/triangular cuts off of the wood. so yea, did i miss anything.. again sorry, this is my first DIY idea ever...!

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How can I make a (relatively) simple adjustable height desktop?

When I was working in tech support many moons ago, the office had these great adjustable desks. If you wanted to stand up while working you could raise the keyboard and monitor up to a standing height and if you got tired of standing, they would lower down. There was a motor that did the raising and lowering on those desks. I'd like to make something similar in the simplest way possible. Bonus points if the solution can be placed on top of an existing desk and still work.

Question by EmmettO   |  last reply


how much weight can a large L-shape wall bracket support?

I want to build a desk using L shape brackets and a Large piece of wood. or perspex. Now how much weight can each of these brackets support and how many should I use If euipment I have weighs around 10 - 20 kilogramms. 

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What is the best way to have two computer set ups in the same room without wasting space?

I'm moving in a week and I have my computer and my fiancee's computer in the office and we both need new desks.  I want something that is durable and can withstand the hours of gaming that it will endure.  As of now I don't have any tools or construction experience or time to build it.  What is a good solution for saving space, and looking good?  Side note: it'd be great if there was a glass top where the keyboard and mouse pulled out...

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How do I change my desktop without spending too much money?

I found a nice desk that fits perfectly in the small space I have for it, yet it's big enough for my multiple monitors. The problem is that the veneer (a plasticky thin top) has a horrible color and it's also stained. So I want to change the desktop color (to white) by using some sort of contact or adhesive paper, but I went to Home Depot and Lowes, and they only have that thin kitchen contact paper, which is very prone to scratches.Is there something I can use to put on top of my desktop to change the color, but resistant enough to use it without any protection. I don't want to spend too much money and I don't have the room to actually change the veneer. Any suggestions?

Topic by cronopia   |  last reply


any ideas or plans for a mac desk?

With a couple of drawers and integrated iphone dock and usb hub. not some cheapo desk but a decent goodlooking desk? thx wes

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looking for plans or ideas for a mac desk ?

With a couple of drawers and integrated iphone dock and usb hub. not some cheapo desk but a decent goodlooking desk? thx wes

Question by noizewes 


Desk-turned-School Bag from waste cardboard box

Hello, I am working with one of the NGO in India which is working for the education of underprivileged kids in the slums.I want to make school bag-turned-writing desk for the children since they cannot afford to buy a school bag.Can anyone please help me in this please ?? 

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Does anyone think they could make an instructable on making a hidden desk

Here is an example if what im talking about: http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/best-today-photos-27.jpg?w=500&h=1627

Question by TheCrow6650   |  last reply


What is the cheapest way to build a desk?

I only have basic tools, too.

Question by Queenoftheknownuniverse   |  last reply


Door upcycle need help hiding hinge area

I am trying to make a desk out of a hollow core door. I want to fill in the hinge areas before painting or put something there after painting to make them look nice. any ideas? I haven't found any online and I've spent hours looking.

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Office - Under Desk Accent Lighting? Answered

I have two of the Mikael Ikea desks which I use for my computer setup in my office/bedroom, the room has a four color scheme of red, green black and silver. I was hoping to add accent lighting underneath each of the desks, preferably blue or green. I wanted to know your opinions of what type of lighting or methods to use? Ideally it would cost under 50 pounds.Desk in question : http://s2.thisnext.com/media/230x230_no_border/IKEA-Desks-MIKAEL_51B37A9B.jpg

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How can I hang something heavy from the underside of my desk? Answered

I have a sit/stand desk and I would like to screw down or attach everything to the desk I can so that it doesnt move or slide. I have a heavy (20lb) UPS and a small RAID array that currently sit on top of my desk. I would like to hang them from the bottom of the desk instead. I thought of a few ways to do this but I want to KISS and do it good enough.  The two main ways I came up with was to create a simple 4-sided rectangle shelf and screw it to the underside of the desk and slide the heavy stuff into it, one on each side like saddle bags on a bike or motorcycle. Alternately they could slide into place using some kind of track of french cleat though I have not found anything suitable to do that.  The quick and easy was was to use "plumbers tape" which is basically thin steel strips with holes in it, to quickly create a U bracket to attach the items to the bottom of the desk.  Here is a mockup of my desk showing the shelf idea. Ideally I would like these to be removable so that I can disassemble and reassemble the desk easily in the future. So if anyone has an idea or knows of a bracket or sliding rail system that would work that would be awesome!

Question by pcmofo   |  last reply


I'm looking for a simple way to raise/lower an existing desk for seated/standing pc work.

This is the closest thing I've found yet: http://www.ergospec.com/products/retro_lift_systems/retrofit.html I have been tinkering with a crank/cable idea, maybe counter-weighted; nothing good yet.  It has to raise/lower about 18 inches smoothly and with good stability.  Manual cranking is preferred - electric motors or hydraulics seem too complex/expensive.  Thanks! Just uploaded a photo of the desk. One more note - if I were stating from scratch, I might look at one of these: http://www.geekdesk.com/.  But I like this desk, just want a bit more flexibility (maybe even slide a treadmill under one day if I can raise it even further)

Question by spokehead   |  last reply


What is the best way to go about painting a metal desk?

I recently picked up an old all steel office desk for use in my own house. I have been trying to paint it with mixed results and will be starting over. It used to have a baked on paint finish but I had stripped and sanded all of that off. I primed and painted it but when I went to put a protective layer on it the desk seemed to eat it, leaving me with a dull rough surface that did not protect at all. I used rustoleum spraypaint in everything, from the primer to the enamel. (I had tried to use laquer before the enamel because I had it my head that was correct.) So far I haven't had any luck in finding any real instuctions from start to finish for painting on metal and am just looking for anyhelp in getting the desk to look nice and have a good even protective surface. Thanks

Question by Captain Zesh   |  last reply


Cheap plexiglass alternative

So i was going to make a desk. I was gonna make it about 2x3 and make the top out of two pieces of plexiglass, with about a 1 inch hollow area between them. I was gonna put some lights in that area. However, Plexiglass is costing a bit more than i want to spend. so I found this: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202653810/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId;=10051&catalogId;=10053 Its ALOT cheaper. However, can it support a decent amount of weight probably? No ones gonna be sitting on the desk or anything. I would say NEVER more than 50 pounds on it, but 25 is probably gonna be the maximum, and not even that most of the time. (just gonna have my laptop and stuff on it, maybe some textbooks). And im assuming a blue light LED would shine through it fine..I kind of want the frosted look (would sand it down a little bit to get rid of the "bubbles") to give it an effect similar to the lights in this: https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Glass-Desk/ except without the notifications and stuff.

Topic by abkarch   |  last reply


Energy Seed Desk Lamp pdf files

Hi a few weeks ago there was a desk lamp that used old batteries AA and i D/L the instructions and then deleted the file from my machine. I later discovered there are a couple of templates i need to build it and have looked every where i know to and can not find them. Anyone have any suggestions on how i can get these THANKS

Question by davidwp13   |  last reply


glass desk piece led mod help

I found a small eagle scout glass desk piece with a black base. I'm gonna buy one and put small LED lights and a battery in the base.  I need a little help with what to do with the circuit. I have some 18650, 18650 holders, copper wire, and some down time. Should I go straight for 3.6/3.7v 18650, or should I use standard 1.5v cells? I want to do purple (my school color). Would it look better to use UV instead of regular purple? Where should I buy a bunch of little led? Online or in store? If I want to sand a pattern on the sides of the glass cube, what's the best way to go about doing that?

Topic by leaf26   |  last reply


what is a cheap alternative to an expensive animation desk?

I'm looking into animation tables and supplies but they all seem so expensive, I was wondering if there was a cheaper alternative.

Question by imagine30   |  last reply


I have a big office cherrywood desk unblemished and need suggestions for covering? 65 L X 27W how much for glass?

I would like glass but unsure of cost and thought of plexiglass or open to other suggestions that will not harm unblemished beautiful desk top.

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First Woodworking Project as Wedding Gift - Many questions on desk making!

I know this is a long post but I would be grateful to any of you for being willing to read it. So I am going to be married soon and moving into my first real adult apartment.  As a wedding gift to my new wife I want to make us a really neat computer table setup.  We have a room laid out as an office for the two of us so I wanted to try and make a large desk that would run along three walls in a giant U.  I am planning to make it modular in the sense that it will actually be 3 straight desks plus 2 corner units and each can work independently of the others.  She is a huge steampunk fan so I want to use pipe as the structure  that I paint a brass color and then make a wood a nice dark cherry color. While there are some great plans on pipe desks I have a few questions. 1. Most of the desks I see are MDF/Ply + pipe.  Is this strong enough to use as a desk for crafts, art, and to hold several monitors all at once?  I am sure the pipe is but I am concerned about the ply or mdf bowing.  If I use normal wood planks to reinforce the bottom will that allow it to remain more sturdy? 2. How hard is it to disassemble these? We plan on moving many times in our life and I'd like to build a design that not only can break down into the 5 separate desks but can actually be disassembled.  I hear MDF/Plywood doesn't like taking screws more than once.  If I screw the table-top into the frame using screws and flanges is that a - do it once and it is done sort of thing or can I unscrew them to move the desktop without ruining the top? 3. Assuming trying to rescrew it together would ruin the table I had the idea of creating a frame with wood blocks screwed into the flanges that had been given raised pegs - probably carved out of the wood.  The desktops would then have fitted holes carved into them - assuming I use a thick frame underneath the ply like 2/4 lumber - so that I can just lay the desktop on the pegs and weight would hold it in place.  My question is whether or not this has the same strength as screwing the  desktop directly to the frame.  Assuming the holes and pegs are well-fitted and near flush would I get enough strength for a sturdy table? 4. I've been really fascinated with the planked wood tables I've seen on here.  It seems easy enough to build a solid wood underframe and then cut plywood planks and screw them to the frame.  My only question is for corner units.  Most modern corner desks are big pieces of MDF that have been shaped.  Assuming my corner piece is straightforward - just a square table with one corner loped off - how hard would it be to create a corner desk with a planked top?  Could I do it with just a jigsaw?   5. I've noticed quite a few of the plans use aluminum pipes and Kee Lite or Kee Klamp fittings.  These seem rather expensive, and if I am doing a cheap MDF top I want to know if there is a cheaper metal alternative that still has good structural capacity.  These are desk tops for computers - maybe 120-200 lb load limit maximum for the entire desk.  Could I use plumping pipe?  Are there cheaper fittings than Kee Lite that are still easy to disassemble when I want to move? Thanks in advance for any answers!

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Hi, I live in a crappy room in a basement and desperately need help arranging the cramped space.

1. space for upright exercise bike 2. sewing/craft area 3. desk for studying 4. bed - I would love to have something bigger than a twin 5. storage! (no dresser) I'm semi handy also :-) The big square is a  furnace.  the tv sits on three 2.8" shelves which hold my clothes and random sewing projects. Thank you!

Question by melaniemelanie   |  last reply


glass table? (is this where this goes? :D)

I recently obtained for a fair price a cut piece of glass from goodwill. its rounded slightly at the sides and greatly at the corners. at the widest point it is approximately 52" by 24". its 3/8" thick-its fairly heavy as you could imagine. I mean i can pick it up by myself but its worrying me what to build the actual support out of. I was thinking to have 2 tubes pipes or cylinders at equal distances from the right and left edges-it would be at least 10 inches away from the edge on each side, leaving what, 32 inches in between them? Now my question is whats the cheapest way of doing this. i didnt THINK i would use PVC, but i dont have the slightest clue how much it could support, so idk. Aluminum tubing is cheap for smaller sizes, is that better? Id give a weight estimate but im terrible at estimating things based off my senses so thats a bad idea. Maybe you can get an idea off the dimensions. I can spend at max 15 bucks for PVC or aluminum. oh, and the desk is gonna be around 30 inches tall. so 5 feet is just enough. Also, what would be a good idea to place the cylinders on top of for balance? At this point, all i need to do is keep the glass 30 inches off the ground with ~3 feet of space for me to slide my chair into (although its really not a neccessity because itll be out alot anyway.) with a 15 dollar budget. any sugestions?

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can i install a cd/ dvd burner? i have a dell desk top. want to burn dvds. what do i need?

I have a few parts. looking to install a burner so i can make dvds. need help. i know nothing about this.

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if anybody know how we can construct this computer desk tell me plzzzzz??? i need to know how to do it exatly ????

Can i construct this computer desk or its impossible i hope it wont be i think that somebody will find answer i have some ideas but i think there are maney details missing i hope to construct it with cheap matrials and i wonder if there is any idea for more improvment ???

Question by eng.shalabi   |  last reply


wont to mod some solar garden lights to make a desk light

I have 3 solar garden lights i got at a yard sell i want to connect them all together add a bigger battery holder and an on/off switch so that i can use them as a desk / fishing light . were can i go to find out how to do this so that i can see and be able to do this ?

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How do I install a sink into a old table or desk or dresser? ?

I want to remodel and remove the old ugly man made cheap formica top the sink is in now-- I hope to find an old dresser or cabinet at a flea market and use this instead to add character . I have very limited funds.. want to use the same sink- typical almond oval- not that old. Please advise. The plumbing and the sink are located close to a wall -- i imagine I will have to move it over -- how do I do that? I have never done anything like this before.

Question by waterhorse 


how to hook t v screen to computer?

I have an H D monitor that i want to use to view items from my desk top.

Question by roccbottom   |  last reply


Fixing a built-in dimmer on a desk lamp? Aka: Retrofitting a California CFL compliant lamp? Answered

I live in California and just bought a Pottery Barn desk lamp designed to dim. However, because of the new law requiring CFL-compliant lamps, the dimmer has been tampered with to prevent it from actually dimming, even though the switch is the original. I opened the bottom and found the dimmer switch was encased in cardboard. I removed the cardboard, expecting this would fix the problem, but it didn't. Nothing else looks "tampered with." How can I make my lamp dim like it should A picture of the guts is here: http://www.talesofthepack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lamp-guts-e1332022609831.jpg And the model is here: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/architects-smart-technology-table-lamp/?pkey=ctask-lamps

Question by RevelryByNight   |  last reply


Make your own Blueprints

Does anyone know of a program for the desk top that lets you design blue prints to make things? Like a wooden table, chair or anything like that?

Topic by Raidies   |  last reply


Help me find a shop.? Answered

It was a shop that sold new york themed goods, and some extravagant things like the resolute desk and hot dog carts, any Ideas?

Question by Warlrosity   |  last reply


I need an idea for a furniture project at school

It needs to be made of wood and have some non-wood in it (glass, tile, metal) It can't be to big maybe a coffee table or a small desk Any ideas?

Question by mysterygirl154   |  last reply


Any ideas for some cool, simple renovations/inventions for a bedroom?

Things to make life easier: light switch mods, desk drawer things...w/e

Question by thatshortkid17   |  last reply


How do a person unsubscribe from instructables?

I have been trying to unsubscribe from instructables and I have even send an email to the help desk without any joy. Please give me an indication on where to go to to unsubscribe.

Question by Raden14   |  last reply


Official Wall-E Papercraft

If you want to make your own Wall-E for your desk, Disney has you covered with an official Wall-E papercraft. Just download and print this file to get started.via paperkraft

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Design Software?

I want to create a loft bed with a desk underneath. I want to make an amateur 'blueprint' for my loft bed. Any good free software. I have windows xp. :) Any tutorials you can find on the program, too?

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Would it be possible to make a fish tank from a plastic storage container?

About a year ago I bought a 10 gallon fish tank for about 10 bucks and 3 small comet feeder goldfish. I had a spare filter and some gravel then tossed in some hides. It look great but now that the fish are about 3-4 inches each I decided they would like a slightly larger tank. I don't want to spend 50 plus dollars for another tank. I was talking to another fish owner the other day and mentioned a large   plastic storage container, He said he had used one and built a wooden box around it to support it. My idea is to buy a 30 gallon storage container or cheap plastic pond and build a wooden frame around it then spray great stuff in the gaps for support. How does this sound? I have a desk with a couple cricket keepers on and a leopard gecko. I planned to put wheels on it so I can slide it in and out of the space under the desk. I have a light that I can mount to the bottom of the desk. Does this sound like it would be okay or a disaster waiting to happen.  Thanks, Clemsonguy1125

Question by imthatguy1125   |  last reply


What should I do with all these used index cards?

I have about 300 used index cards just sitting around on my desk. Both sides are used, but with only a few words (they were used for vocab). I'm looking for some sort of craft I could use them for, any ideas?

Question by monsoon0203   |  last reply


cnc: how to built it

Hi, dude! i found this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-Build-Desk-Top-3-Axis-CNC-Milling-Machine/?ALLSTEPS do someone build it? if yes, it works?,  same questions for the driver do someone build it?, if yes it works? does that driver works with a 4 wire motor like this? thanks a lot P.S. sorry for the grammar i'm not English.

Topic by addi125