DIY Desk ideas? Examples?

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  1. jsnwhite619

    jsnwhite619 Friend of Leo's

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    We moved to a new house this past summer, and we're still gradually swapping old and new furniture as we get settled in. I need a new desk for my office/music room and consider myself handy enough that I hate the idea of paying retail for what a good, solid desk costs. Anyone here who's got some DIY desk/workbench that they want to show off?
     
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    one of the fine people on site here made a desk using this frame he gave me permission to try this out for a friends console he is building but could be adapted to any thing really

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    this was the console I built for my usage , a little more elaborate but it works

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    Craigslist or a used office furniture store may be a good place to look
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    I've been using two short filing cabinets and a blank door since about 1985. Works for me.
     
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    I made this out of mahogany and paduak. 24" mahogany center with 9" paduak wings. I had a guy in town here build me a steel square tube frame. I have $450 in the frame, $100 in materials like screws, inserts, keyboard tray, polyurethane, sandpaper and about $400 in the wood. I also have about 20 hours of my labor.

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    I buy used stuff from local thrift stores, Goodwill, garage/estate sales, storage unit auctions and office/hotel used furniture liquidators. Sure, they usually have some dings and wear but that way you don't have to worry about ruining them with a stray soldering iron or hobby knife. I typically pay between $5 to $25 for them. If I find something better than what I have, the old goes to a local charity thrift store.

    Hint: when you buy at a garage sale where the items have been stored in an outbuilding for a while, make sure you check for stinging or biting pests before grabbing it and trying to move the furniture. I got a good set of wasp stings from one desk I bought.
     
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    I also find old furniture at recycle/thrift/goodwill stores. Well built solid furniture from say about 1970 and older. $50 netted me a very good desk with plenty of storage and a big flat surface. Plenty of drawers and solid wood. No engineered wood products such as particle board. No dumb fasteners that blow out in time.
     
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    +1 This worked for a decade. Salvaged hollow core door (free) and a pair of scrounged two drawer filing cabinets (free). A fantastically huge work surface.

    I'm currently using a small kitchenette 3x5ft rectangular table that was left in the house by the prior owners who had gotten it cheap to 'stage' the house, probably IKEA or something.

    In another room I have an antique oak lab/class bench with four horizontal pull-out drawers and two ink wells I bought at a garage sale for ten dollars or so. They had used it in their garage and needed one of the leg posts re-constructed where it had gotten wet and rotted.

    Look up youtube videos of 'workbench' or 'desk' builds.

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    This was made from 1x pine boards, including the top. Less than $100 for the lumber. IMG_2274.jpeg
     
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    WOW good job looks really good
     
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    I think the word for that solution is “expedient”

    It is what I used for over 20 years.

    I forgot what is was until I took it apart during a move
     
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    Your time has value as well, so figure than in. You might be able to find one on amazon, craigslist, or monoprice cheap enough and adequate enough that it is not worth going all out to build a desk. Your time might be better spent building something more useful, like a kitchen table, picnic table or a guitar.
     
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    That's mine except I have two multi drawer tool chests.
     
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