Saturday, January 6, 2007

Computer Desk

I have had a project in mind for some time now. It is a computer desk. Looking around my workspace here I think it is time I did more than think about it.

The desk is a New Yankee Workshop project. Norm's plan call for the creation of a pedestal desk in which the components CPU, Printer fit inside the pedestals. There is space for paper storage cable runs across the back etc. All that you see is the monitor. The keyboard and mouse fit in a false drawer, there are drawers for storage of... well junk really. There are hidden drawers for CD or DVD storage (and probably more junk). All and all a very nice design.

My workspace looks like the dog's breakfast, and she would have to be terribly hungry at that. I have cables everywhere, equipment scattered here and there, filing on top of that and well you get the idea. But my desk is really not much more than a table with one small file drawer. So I can be forgiven. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

I have made a few tries at this project before but have not had much luck. The last time I went looking for wood for it there was nothing available in Mahogany which is what I wanted to use. The plans call for Heart Pine which is impossible to find here. I will try to find something in pine or fir this time and maybe I will have better luck. Those woods are pretty soft so I may have to modify the plan to address that problem. Also the original plan is for a tower. I will have to rework the measurements to handle a desktop. I also have a scanner that will have to be accommodated some how. A few little modifications here and there. Hey that's why they call it a plan, it's not carved in stone, there are always solutions to every problem.

If I can find suitable lumber I should be able to find the rest of the hardware I need at Lee Valley Tools. (Actually it is just a great excuse for going over to Lee Valley). Should I get this project underway after a couple of false starts now, I will let you all watch my progress here.

Building the desk will be one thing getting all this mess cleaned up to move it into new digs will be a project on its own.

The New Yankee web site is
The Lee Valley tool web site is
Check them out they are pretty good woodworking and hardware sites.

Now where did I put the furniture polish?


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