For as long as I can
remember, my computer desks has consisted of portable lunch tables.
They serve their purpose but over the years I have put together a
laundry list of why they suck:
- Cables hang off the end to trip over
- The fake laminate plastic peels off the
- Wobbly, flimsy, and threatening to
collapse under the weight of a cat
- They look sloppy as hell
Rather than selling out and buying some cheap piece of crap at the
office supply store, I drew up schematics of something better that I
want to build. I finally implemented those plans.
First, I had Home Depot deliver a stack of MDF fiber board. This stuff
is 4 feet by 8 feet sheets and HEAVY! I used to use it to make speaker
boxes so I know it is sturdy and perfect for the job. The first phase
is the desktop. The picture below shows the pre-cut "east" section of
the U shape.
After cutting the U shape, I doubled the thickness of the inner curve.
I ended up using a router and rounding the curve, filling in the gap
with wood putty.
I built the sections so that they could be easily disassembled in order
to move to their final location without massacring the walls and doors
in the process.
Once the desk pieces were finished, I started on the shelves. Since the
shelves are independent from the desk, they had to be attached to the
walls. I did this by attaching guide rails to the walls, securing the
rails to the studs behind the drywall.
I built several vertical shelf supports that attach to the rails. Dado
joints hold fixed shelves at rail points.
Finally the shelves are installed, some of which are adjustable.
The final step is installing the desk. I painted it with a heavy-duty
eggshell white and a clearcoat acrylic. I suppose that I could have
painted the shelves too but that is a project for another day.