Hello to all fellow Instructablers and Woodworkers!
I would like to share my new desk that I made with you.
The old one in my bedroom got too small so I figured I needed a bigger one.
The Frame is from timber I got at our local hardware store, the top is made of self-adhesive vinyl flooring panels.
Since I invested quite a bit of money in tools and machines, I finally had the opportunity to build a piece of furniture from scratch, which was great fun and I'm happy with the result.
As always, I got so busy and excited during the making that I forgot to take pictures... But I have made a few and maybe they will help to inspire somebody to make something similar...
Have fun and let me know what you think!
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Step 1: Figuring Out What I Want...
This single A4 sheet is actually the only drawing that I made... the dimensions I started with were the desired dimensions of the table like height, width and depth. Everything else, I figured out as I went along...
Step 2: Building the Legs and Rails
The crucial thing here is that the parts have to be of equal length. I used stop blocks on the table saw to define the lengths and cut all same angles with the same setting of the saw.
For drilling into the ends of longer pieces, I had to hack my drill press a little. I swiveled the head outwards by 90 degrees so the long pieces could pass by the table edge and be clamped to the table that I set up vertically.
For all these adjustments my bevel box proved very useful. It has a accelerometer and is basically a digital level.
The 'leg pieces' that make up the sides of the table frame are not meant to be disassembled. The dowel joints are glued together and the reinforcing braces are secured with additional pocket hole screws.
Step 3: Frame Assembly
The assembly of the frame went quite well, all dowel joints were precise enough to fit (luckily...)
the reinforcement struts were just put in place and screwed tight while checking the angle between the legs and the rails.
Step 4: Attaching the Tabletop and Putting on the Vinyl Flooring
The tabletop has been cut to size at the hardware store.
I put it on the frame, centered it and clamped it in place. Then I crawled under the table and screwed the screws into the pocket holes. Make sure the screws are not too long!
The Vinyl flooring came with an adhesive backing, I only had to remove the paper backing and stick it on...
At this point it really helped that the tabletop was cut to precise angles at the hardware store so I could use the edges as guides for gluing the panels.
Step 5: Finishing the Edges
To hide the nasty chipboard plate I used wooden strips with rounded edges.
The chipboard edge is very rough and porous, so it isn't easy to glue a strip of wood to it. I ended up using a construction glue. Its viscosity helped to fill the gaps and really grab onto the rough edge. It also had a high initial strength and held up the strip right away. To keep the squeezeout away from the vinyl, I put masking tape along the edges.
I glued the edges on the short sides first, when the glue was hard I trimmed them flush to the table's edge. Then I glued the long sides, let the glue dry and also cut them flush. The edges were rounded with sandpaper to match the edge of the wood profile.
Step 6: Enjoying the New Workspace...
Finally, I put it to the test...
I published this Instructable from my new desk :D
The monitors will definitely end up mounted on the wall. This will keep the desk free from clutter and easy to clean up.
No device with a power cord or signal wire will be allowed to permanently sit on it, so I can always pull the table to the middle of the room for any projects I might need it for.
I hope you enjoyed reading this instructable and I really hope some of you will end up building their own desks and tables! It was great fun and a really satisfying project!
If you have any ideas or questions, please comment!
Greetings from Germany