Step 1: Planning the Layout of the Desk
I wanted to build a desk that was taller than it was wider, I also wanted it to fit in a corner. First step was drawing out some rough drafts.
I drew these on clear plastic sheets so I could lay them on top of each other then separate them in order to look at each group of components individually.
Step 2: Magical Stuff That Happens Without Any Photos
I used a pipe cutter to cut the tubes that I found at my local hardware store, they were designed as the top supports for chain link fences.
With the help of my pops, a router and a hacksaw I made the tabletop & shelves.
The Kee Klamp parts were ordered from two different suppliers.. each had, separately, the parts I needed.
These guys were great: http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/store/components/kee-klamp.html
Step 3: Construction of the Main Supports
Triangles are second only to circles in terms of strength. Thanks, High School Physics!
Step 4: Assembly of the Shelves
The fastenings are loose to allow for slight adjustments
Step 5: Adding the First Width Bar
The T's on the main supports are loose, this allows them to stand yet still rotate; allows for adjustments
Step 6: Adding the Monitor Support Bar & Shelves
Here's what I was having to modify; with the way I'd jerry-rigged the monitor support arm, the monitor still stuck out too far, taking up half of the tabletop. I added a couple of new bars and some elbow joints and moved the whole monitor arm bar back
Step 7: Spacing the Shelves, Mounting the Desk Top, Adding the Monitor
Be really careful with flatscreens, it can be very easy to crush the thin layers of the screen surface, making dead/discolored zones
Step 8: Details, Finishing Installation
Q. Was building this desk hard?
A. Yes, it was. In retrospect, I should not have been drinking at the time.
Q. Did you get hurt?
A. Yes, sliding those joints around, you can seriously pinch your hands.
Q. Would you build me one?
A. Yes, for a thousand bazillion dollars.
Q would it be as cool as yours?
A. No, that would cost extra.