Desk, Shelves and SketchUp




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I learned SketchUp last semester, and have been using it to mock things up that I'm making.  I initially was going to post an instructable on building a desk, but there's already several published which are very good.

I sketched out my desk on graph paper first (to scale).  Then I built the desk (minus doors and monitor stand).  I spent an entire semester with a low monitored desk.  After the semester I sketched my desk in SketchUp and started modeling things on the desk so I could figure out how to organize things.  Finally I figured out my eye height, and modeled the monitor stand, then built it.

The desk is made entirely out of 1/2" plywood and 1 1/2" nails. The monitor shelf is the same plywood on two by fours.

After I placed my monitors on the shelf, I realized I needed one other thing.  So I took the shelf back into the garage, and sawed an eighth of an inch off of one of the legs, so that my cutting mat would fit underneath.  Overall, it works perfect!

The desk holds together quite well, and I move it around a bunch when I need to deal with the wire mess behind it.  Not only does it hold together quite well (I've lifted it on several occasions), but since I built it to fit the specific things on each shelf, everything has a very nice placement.

If you'd like the SketchUp file, message me and I'll be glad to send it.

If anything is difficult to see, you should be able to click the image for a larger version.

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    Are those "Buckie Balls" on your desk ?  oooo could i be right?  Might i actually know about such stuff -well, not really-but if I was right- lol WOW- would I be one proud someone ;0)!

    Wow.  Really well thought out. Do you use 2 monitors at the same time? Not being sarcastic, it's just that I saw two and wondered if that is possible and how it would work.

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    It all depends on what I'm doing.  One of my computers can use both monitors.  If I'm doing something that takes up so much space that I need the room, I might switch them both to that computer.  For the most part though, their hooked to separate computers, and are good for separate tasks.  I tend to only use one, but on rare occasion, I'll need to use an application that's only on the other computer.

    The beauty of multiple operating systems is being constantly confused on what you can do, and how, in each one.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great model! I love personal creations brought into the virtual world.

    I took your SketchUp file and put it into ICEvision - this allows you to share your model with anyone. Click on the link below. You can play the demonstration I scripted, and/or just look around with your mouse.

    Before you ask, I'm not trying to sell ICEvision - we're a new app and we just want to get our name out there. Check it out and let me know what you think!



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    No worries!  That actually looks really cool.  I really like the shading you have on it.

    I will say though that the controls seemed a bit difficult.  It may be because I'm using a tablet, but I found if I wanted to "strafe" right, I had to look to the left, backing up into position, then turning back to the right, slightly farther to the right of my initial location.

    I also couldn't figure out how to go up or down, but again, I only played with the application briefly.

    I did enjoy it though, so thanks!