desk re-org

I finally got some perf board and hung my tools on it. no more missing tools. what do you think? does it look like canadian tire? the last pic is what it used to look like

Posted by tech-king 10 years ago

question on building a computer desk?

Hey, i'm gonna be building a simple desk for my computer. and i was just wondering if anyone knows what kind of legs i should use for it? also how should i attach the legs to it? bracket, nails, ect. its just gonna be 3/4"x 27"x50" piece of plywood. then i'm gonna make a monitor stand, and a keyboard tray. thanks

Posted by HTF 10 years ago

desk for lounge chair arm?

Looking for a way to mount a small desktop to a lounge chair arm WITHOUT altering the chair.  Have seen things like this... ...but prefer something a little larger, like the tablet desks you find on lecture hall seats.  Any ideas?  Or if you've come across an Instructable to that effect, please post a link.  Thanks!

Posted by chaburchak 7 years ago

Under Desk Lighting

I'm getting ready to purchase a desk with frosted glass surfaces ( and want to add lights of some sort under one of the surfaces so that I can use part of the desk as a lightbox for sorting negatives and slides.  I'm guessing that a fluorescent fixture of some sort would be best, but I need ideas on mounting (there are rails along the front and back of the surfaces that have around a quarter-inch clearance from the rubber offsets that hold the glass), what kind of light to get and how to wire it.  Anyone have any ideas?

Posted by LeftyRodriguez 8 years ago

LEGO (or KNEX, etc) diorama desk

So, I had a cool idea for a desk. I would take the desktop off and cut out the majority of the center of it so it sort of looked like a picture frame. Then I would turn it into a rectangular box on the edges about 6" deep, and then box in the cut out portion. Then I would fill in the center box with some sort of cool LEGO diorama (or anything you want). Add in some cool lighting and slap a piece of glass on the top and it could be pretty sweet. Comments/suggestions? I also need to figure out if I should buy a desk and modify it or just build my own.

Posted by Zacharoni 9 years ago

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?

Posted by ProRock 6 years ago

is my desk frame strong enough?

Hey guys. i'm making a desk that's 90in x 30in x 30in.. i will be using a piece of MDF that's 94in x 30in x 3/4in. i plan on using 2 x 4's for  the back and right side of the frame and screwing them to the wall studs. the rest of the frame will be made with 2 x 2's. i plan on using the space mainly as a computer desk. fully loaded i'm estimating about maybe 100lbs on the desktop at one time. i attached some pictures of the my current plans for now as well as the sketchup file. so that you guys know what i'm talking about.. my question is.. do you guys think the frame is strong enough to hold the desktop and about 100lbs of random stuff. thanks in advance.

Posted by NodozFi2eak 5 years ago

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?

Posted by Korndog 7 years ago

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...!

Posted by PJ_Graphix 6 years ago

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?

Posted by cronopia 9 years ago

Cool IKEA Standing Desk Hacks

My coworkers and I lately have gotten into the standing desk craze but don't want to pay $600+ for a desk online. We rounded up some cool hacks from other sites using IKEA furniture parts. Check it out! -Daniel

Posted by danonwire 6 years ago

Standing Desks in US Schools

A few schools in Minnesota are experimenting with standing desks in schools. Instead of the typical cramped desk that kids fidget at, these desks are much higher so that kids stand while using them. There's also a swinging footrest to put one foot.The advantages touted are: - More activity for kids, making them more attentive, less fidgety, and more awake - Teachers don't have to bend way down to help studentsRight now it's all an experiment with the kids being studied to see how well they respond to it. To be honest, I'm curious about trying this out as well. Eric uses a stand-up desk at home, but I'd be willing to experiment with a stand-up desk for all-day use. Has anyone else tried this? Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Wires near a desk

I have a desk near my bed with the power strip on the other side of the desk. There's also my keyboard on the desk, so I have no problems in making the wires of my PC, phone, MP3 and 3DS chargers pass behind it so that they are hidden from view. I generally place my PC on the back of the keyboard and charge it, then everything else on top of either it or the keyboard. However, the things on the keyboard are quite ugly to the eye, while on the PC they clog. Also, it's always a pain to take the wire of the right charger (expecially in the dark), given that they are longer than the length of the desk, and if I roll them up they take up too much space. I was thinking of doing something to place those things on the side of the desk and fix the cables there. The problem is, I don't want to drill holes or anything like that, so I'm gonna stick with physics-fixed stuff or tape. What could I do that wouldn't be too bad to the eye?

Posted by Leodip 3 years ago

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 ?? 

Posted by abhijeet1 11 months ago

Steering wheel desk

From the MAKE blog, comes a pass-through of a product available on Amazon. The steering-wheel latch-on table itself is fairly pedestrian (pun intended), but the legalese is just delightful. Read it for yourself at .And before you comment, please keep in mind those orbital lasers. I have access to the launch codes, and have no qualms about using them.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

Turn a Monitor into a Drawing Tablet and mount it in desk

I'm rebuilding my entire basement office this summer and I've had an idea for a really cool tablet substitute.  I'd love to be able to mount a monitor in my desk and get an overlay for it to allow for me to use a tablet pen on it.  I have a vague idea of how I want to do it, but I'm hoping that you guys can help me come up with a sturdy way of mounting it in the desk and where I can get an overlay that isn't touch sensitive (this is going to have my hands on it when I'm typing, then when I need the tablet function, I'll move my keyboard over), but responds to a pen. Thanks for helping!

Posted by daboys 3 years ago

I,once, viewed a project making a desk/work,station out of metal shelving, such as could be found in awarehouse. I downloaded it, but, seem to have lost it.

I want to built the project I downloaded ,but, lost. It used metallic shelving. It was perfect for my space. I have looked long and hard ,  but do not find it. Any help is appreciated. Will

Posted by Hagomahr1 3 years ago

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.

Posted by BrookeF 1 year ago

How do I make my desk "un-cluttered" (things I could make to fit on/around desk)

Ny ideas on things I could make to fit on/around desk? My desk is a cluttered mess! Please help- all contributions greatly appreciated

Posted by crzyns 11 years ago

New Desk Design

I am currently design a desk for myself and I am wondering about some ideas, maybe some of u can contribute. The image of my current design is in the pdf. The 2 white spaces on the right are draws. I have made space for cable management. It is currently 1500x750x150cm The desk will float at between 800 and 760cm above the ground. thanks kirk

Posted by enoted 7 years ago

Portable, Tiltable Art Desk?

One of my biggest problems with full size art desks is that they never seem to be stable. They wobble around and it quite an annoyance of mine. What I would like to know, is is there any way I could make a lap desk that could stand on its own and raise up and down without me having to jam it into my gut to hold it up? I've looked around and haven't found exactly what I'm looking for...

Posted by ultranima 10 years ago

Executive Gear

Check out some of Dale Mathis' beautiful gear art, including this $21,000 Executive Desk, with running gears and integrated desk drawer.Don't forget to check out the video of the desk in action!link via InventorSpot Edit: found some more! Here's another video, this time a coffee table; and a page on HGTV that is almost an Instructable for how to build a cool zodiac astronomical clock!

Posted by Patrik 10 years ago

Custom outlets?

I'm planning to build a new computer desk with space inside to manage cables. I would like to include various ports on the side edges of the desk itself (power outlets, USB, hdmi, etc). What could I use to fit these outlets in place and look flush with the desk? I would like to come up with something somewhat modular, so that I can add or remove them as I upgrade my PC.

Posted by Xeriel 6 years ago

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

Posted by okimdone 5 years ago

Need help building a small extension for my desk

I got a microphone arm that clamps down to my desk ( can be seen in the picture) but the problem is that it's right in front of my mouse. I have to have it folded it up because it does not have to be extended since it's right there. It has gotten annoying after a while and I change it to hang from essentially where my window is ( also shown). my desk is has drawers and doesn't have any edges to clamp it down to so I was thinking if I can make a short extension for it. I don't need a whole new section I just need a secure extension that can be used to sustain the weight of the arm and mic. I tried drawing it and I hope it helps showing you guys what I envision. Thanks!

Posted by Crux_Yo 2 months ago

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.

Posted by the_burrito_master 7 years ago

Help me make a sturdy desk organizer box from 8mm MDF wood.

I'm trying to organize the bar area in my restaurant. I'm thinking of an front open box with a couple of dividers for temporary papers, notebooks pens and a compartment for beer and wine openers and such.. This is the waiters (currently just me the owner) places orders on the computer. I want to minimize the space taken from the bar so I'd like to use thin wood like this leftover 8mm MDF piece I have. I thought of cutting the sides to required sizes and then gluing them together but I'm not sure that would be strong enough to hold the approximately 5kg screen on top. It's a touch screen, so for safety I want it to hold a maximum of 8kg. TL;DR Any suggestions? How do I join pieces to make something like this

Posted by naim 2 years ago

Mounting an LCD Monitor

Hello everyone! I am working on project that involves mounting a 19in LCD monitor onto a board. The monitor has 4 threaded holes in the back for mounting onto an arm or wall mount. I was wondering if anyone knows what kind of screws to use or has any advice on properly and securely mounting the monitor. The monitor is a Westinghouse 19" LCD. The whole project is going to be a small entertainment center for my monitor. I am going to attach speakers and accent lighting. I am doing this for a class project and drafting it in Vectorworks. *If anyone is interested in looking at the plans I will send them to you; however please don't redistribute them. They will be in DWG format. GC

Posted by genericcomment 10 years ago

The Ultimate steampunked computer desk

Meet the Victorian Organ Command Desk. Bruce Rosenbaum of Massachusetts home restoration firm ModVic.....replacing (the innerds)  with three monitors, a 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 945 processor... The source blog can be found here

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago

Desk Design yay or neigh?

Hi guys, Just looking for feedback about the intended design of this computer desk that i'm looking to make. Basically if this was on sale would you buy it? is it good looking and 'today'?  if it was on sale how much would you buy it for? Thanks, Matthew

Posted by mh9109 5 years ago

Raven and Writing Desk

Why is a raven like a writing desk? I refuse to give up on an answer to this question I need YOU to help me find this answer, may i go mad as a hatter. Leave your answer here, please nothing offensive.

Posted by whiskrs 7 years ago

Repairing a desk chair...

So, I put my feet up on the desk while sitting at my chair. And then this happened. How would I go about fixing this? (Sorry about scrappy phone pics)

Posted by Doubleagent 7 years ago

Plexiglass as desk cover maybe

I have a large desk, 3 x 7 with an uneven top that I want to be visible. Can I cover it with plexiglass or would that get scratched? Other ideas? John R

Posted by Farmhouse 10 years ago

Built from scratch computer desk help (woodworking)

Hey world, i was wondering if any carpentry buffs out there could give me a hand, i have a very simple project: a desk using only 4 pieces of straight board, one for the top surface, 2 for the sides/legs, and one for support. (if you're having trouble visualizing it, look at the pic below). what i need help with is what kind of wood to use, i was thinking some hard wood, but i dont know what would be most cost effective (not goin for beauty here, it'll all be painted in the end) I plan to make a bunch of cut outs in the surface so i can incorperate things like an ipod dock, slots for papers and holes for wires to be hidden. I dont know if that would help determine what kind of wood to use, but i assume every bit of info i can provide would help :) thanks in advance! ADRENIHOLIC

Posted by Adrenaholic 10 years ago

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:;=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: except without the notifications and stuff.

Posted by abkarch 6 years ago

New house, living in loft, need furniture, help?

I'm moving into a new house. Decided to move into the loft. Basically, it's the V of the roof, like an attic. I can just barely stand in the center, but I expect to do little more in there than sleep, use the computer (at a desk, IE sitting), and poo (there's a bathroom, weird, huh?). I can use an air mattress, so that's easy. Now I just need ideas for a cheap desk (I'd put the computer on the floor, but I sit for hours, because I'm a lazy-ass and a nerd, so it's gotta be comfy) and a way to store clothes (lotsa shirts, socks, some pants, regular stuff) without big-ass bulky dressers. Everything has gotta fit in an attic-style hole in the ceiling and go up a ladder. Ideas?

Posted by mr_goodbomb 10 years ago

Get logged out switching between mobile and desktop views.

This is using my Android tablet, using the default browser: If I copy/paste normal links into the address bar, or follow links from collections, they switch to mobile view. If I then request the desktop, I am immediately logged out, and have to log back in. Since I tend to do that a lot, from forum topics and PMs, that's quite irritating...

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago

Outdoor Suspension Worktable: Thin, Rigid, Strong, Lightweight Panels/Sheets

Hi all! I go into the wilderness with my research and build electronic gizmos. See this overview of our camp: and the desk in question! To support this me and Hannah Perner-Wilson have been trying to create tools for infrastructure for backpacking in the wild (also see her wearable studio descriptions The tool im working on right now is a modular lightweight desk we can suspend between trees. It's actually going pretty great! You can see Matt here soldering and building on this bench. it worked WAY BETTER than expected. I though it was gonna be TOO wiggly, or bouncy and impossible to work on. Turns out, it just worked really well! the only PROBLEM however was with our panels. I used these sheets of like MDF (or something). They are that material that pegboards are made out of. They were great because they were thin and rigid. But they were still pretty heavy and they absorbed water. I want your advice on materials. I want something that Is rigid! (will hold its own shape under compression and/or tension) Can support lots of tools and stuff on top Strong (will stand up to beatings in the field, and smashproof inside backpack) Thin (packs into backpack well)   Cut-able (less important) (won't give off evil fumes or particles if i need to cut or modify it at home (or even in the field) Not crazy-beans expensive (like it seems like carbon fiber panels are) I was thinking like fiberglass maybe? is that a good idea? Carbon fiber (though super expensive)? what are your ideas?

Posted by blorgggg 3 years ago

How to repurpose a metal school desk

I have five metal school desk. I would like to repurpose them into something but I am brain blocked in what I can do with them.  I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. 

Posted by tkamka 6 years ago

Stakeholder Feedback on Computer Desk

Hi Guys, I am a  student currently designing a computer desk for Product Technology (in New Zealand if you cared) NZQA Level 3, and  i need some stakeholders or just general information on how to build it what build it with and any other helpful information that would help the design of this product Basically i'm looking to incorporate the computer into the desk and have some sort of built in drawers/storage.   future updates such as design drawings and other pictures will be uploaded in the near future. Any help towards my project would be of much help and would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Matthew

Posted by mh9109 5 years ago

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!

Posted by mduhamel 7 years ago

Any ideas for an easy diy open top dining table/ desk ?

Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I'm looking for an easy to make open top table (like ikea's Vika Veine) for each member of my family.  If i could get 4 or 6 spaces put together, that would be GREAT!  We could use it for work and school (open) and then just close it when we are ready to eat.  I'm a novice and would love to get some instructions on building this...would it be possible to do with ikea's LACK tables...using 8 and then adding legs and some hardware?

Posted by hudsoncs 8 years ago

Link to website

Hello Instructables users! I need your help! I found a link maybe six months ago  that took me to a japanese students website.  On that website there is a video called hidden places or secret places. I would really like to find that link again, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by whiskrs 7 years ago

Ouch, bad week for me.

This week pretty much sucks so far. To fill everybody in, I bought myself a nice little gift for my birthday, a 100 inch projector TV. I'm still working on the setup, even though my birthday was in July. Things take time, unfortunately. I was planning on hooking up my desktop PC to the projector, to show pictures and whatnot, it'll be my DVD player too. I have an ATI remote wonder that'll work perfect for it. I already have it integrated into the surround sound, so all I had to do is get a 25 foot VGA cable to run from the PC to the projector. Or so I thought, until it came across my mind that I wouldn't be able to use my desktops monitor. I thought I would just make a solid state switch, but unfortunately, a VGA cable has 15 pins - I don't think they make a dual throw 15 pole switch. So the backup plan was to get a second video card, to use in conjunction with the onboard graphics to do dual monitors. I can make a simple app, and use one of the programmable buttons on the remote to switch which is the primary display. So I went shopping, and I asked a friend what he thought of this one I wanted to buy. How convenient, that he just happened to get a new one, and he would sell me his old one, which just happened to be PCIE x16, for $50.. which is less than what I was looking at, and triple the quality. I buy it, and wait 2 days from it to go from San Fransisco to my house, in central MA. I install it, it works! Yay! I install the drivers, go out for a little bit, come back... dead computer. The thing was a goner, the PS blew, and took the motherboard with it. So I called up compaq... 20 days out of warantee. Great! At that point, I thought it was just the PS. It's 300 watts, running 2 hard drives, 2 CD drives, a 3.3ghz Celeron, and an ATI x1600 graphics card. So I go shopping, pick up a 500 watt one. Come home and install it... same shit. So I knew the motherboard was blown. I look it up, a new motherboard is $200. That's how much I paid for the damn computer! So it's ebay time, I find and win the same model for $250. So yeah, so far, the cost of this week is $350. $100 from the PS. So I put the computer back together, put it on the desk. I wake up the next morning to guess what? Look at the first picture. That's right, the glass desk shattered. The desktop was on the other side, thank god, but guess what got screwed up in that nice, conveniently timed breakage? - The new PS (I exchanged it, but I had to drive an hour to Circuit City) - One hard drive, 2 weeks old. - $90 - Old school soldering iron - costed me $80 back in the day. - A whole stack of DVD-RWs - $30 - A stock of CD-Rs - $15 - A pressure gauge from my Pneumatic cannon instructable - $10 - A bunch of misc electronic parts - $20 - My damn desk! - $120 So far, $715 total. Murphy's law in action right there.

Posted by cvxdes 10 years ago

Designing a Contemporary Computer Desk

Hello everyone in this wonderful community! I want to share something to see what you think about it! When I finished high school in February last year, my family gave me some money as a present. I put all that money into my new computer. However, I had no other place to put my computer than my work desk. I need this desk for many other things, such as airplane modeling, drawing, designing, soldering, and such. Therefore I have to get a separate desk for my computer. I always enjoy making stuff myself, so I thought that I could design my own desk. So, this is what I came up with. The desk I have designed has a contemporary, extravagant look, and is NOT designed to save space! It will be made of MDF and have a dark glass top. No drawers or shelves needed, except for the keyboard and the mouse. It will be wall-mounted. The MDF will be painted black. I have made the design in AutoCAD 2007 in 3D to see what it will look like, these are the renders I made, of the complete desk, of the structure, and of the pieces needed.  --------------- I am not sure of the thickness of MDF and glass that I should use, or if the structure is too heavy or too weak. (I have a desktop computer, not a laptop) Please help me with this part! --------------- If I ever build this, I will make an Instructable of it! Please take your time and say what you think of the design! I will greatly appreciate it!

Posted by colorex 7 years ago

Grow tomatoes on your desk!

After reading about miniature gardens on the 'net, I came upon this.LinkI am now in love. Buy 30 seeds here (scroll down a bit).

Posted by Rotten194 9 years ago

(newsletter) Treadmill Desk, AA USB Charger, Sand Fire Garden

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Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Desk Support

Hey boys and girls. Over the past couple of weeks (due to work, mostly) I've been building this computer desk, the original here, and a slightly modified one. I've built it using 3/4" MDF and have it painted a gloss black, similar to the modified version. I'm currently stuck on what to do for support. In the original, he uses file cabinets and some scrap material for supports. In the slightly modified version, he uses desk legs from Ikea.I'd like to do something simple, but I'm kinda lost. I've had two ideas floating around my head for a while but I was wondering if their were any other suggestions y'all might be able to throw at me. First, I was thinking about making legs out of chain-link-fence style posts.Then I had the idea to suspend it. Attaching a cable to the front "bulge" on each side (see pic.), and attach the other end of cable to the wall. Using a piece of 2x4, or the like, screwed to the studs in the wall to support the back edge's. (I hope that makes sense). I'm thinking suspending it might work, but would require a bit more work.The idea of a floating desk sounds really cool, but I can't think of another way to achieve the effect.Any thoughts on getting this thing off the floor, minus the saw-horses, will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by smkoberg 10 years ago

Can someone make an instructable for this?

Hey,This is my first post on the Instructables community section, so here goes.I've been looking at this product for awhile now: ThisHowever, I don't live in the states, and have to pay for massive postage costs for something so simple.So, I'm requesting if someone could help me by making a DIY tutorial version (an Instructable :P) of this?I need it desperately. Plus it'd increase my nerdiness by 340% _~Tim.P.S - Sorry for any spelling errors, or if I posted this in the wrong section or anything of the sort.

Posted by Crystalmyst 10 years ago

How can I join two pieces of cedar to make a work bench?

I have two pieces of 2x10 S1SE2 cedar that I want to join to make the top of a work bench. I'm assuming I'll have to cut off one side of each board so I can either do a butt joint or a miter joint, but I wondering about if those joints will be strong enough to hold up without any other supports. Perhaps a biscuit joint would provide more?

Posted by HannahC94 7 months ago