I rented a new place, and the place came fully furnished. Most of the furniture is okay, but the office desk is awful. It’s too small, not sturdy, and not pretty. Take a look at the sad excuse of a desk…
Time for a new desk! It needs to be:
- Bigger! – I’m going to maximize the size as much as possible. It’s going to stick out over the bed on one side, and wrap around the corner of the wall on the other side.
- Easy to make! – I don’t want to put too much time into this project. So I’m going to avoid stuff that takes a lot of time like painting, and manual work. Everything has to be made in the CNC machine.
- Cheap! – This is a temporary desk that I will throw when I move out. So I’m sticking to cheap materials. MDF with a white laminate is perfect! And as a bonus, it’s super durable and easy to clean! Since I am extra economical on this project, I am borrowing the IKEA table legs from the previous desk ^-^
- Comfortable! – I like my desks very deep. Then I have plenty of room for my monitors, keyboard, and my elbows. I’m also going to make a cutout where I sit. This makes it even more comfortable for my elbows.
- Awesome! – It needs to look cool, in order to impress people who visit my apartment or read my blog.
Here is an initial sketch of my desk. I’m making plenty of holes for cable management. That way I can push the desk all the way against the wall.
Time for machining! This has to be the easiest thing i have done on the CNC so far. No tool changes and just used the vacuum table to hold the MDF down. After it was finished, I used a hand held router to round all the edges.
When I came home, I dismantled the old table and hid it under the bed. I reused the old table legs on my new desk. Since this setup is only temporary, I did not use any time on cable management. I hope when I get a more permanent place to live, that I can integrate some cable management into the new desk I will make there, and perhaps use some black nylon sleeves to bundle the cables. I also added a Phillips hue bulb behind my main monitor to get some nice colors in the room.
Let’s have a look at my computers in this room.
This is my old workhorse. And it has been through a lot. The motherboard and CPU have even been washed in the shower! The CPU is starting to get old now, but I haven’t seen a need to upgrade yet. I have however recently upgraded the GPU in order to get 165 fps in Overwatch.
- OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
- Keyboard: Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
- Mouse: Zowie EC-A
- CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
- RAM: 16,0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 801MHz (9-9-9-24)
- Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. Z87-PRO
- Monitor: Asus ROG PG279Q – 27 inch 165hz 1440p IPS-panel
- GPU: 4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (ASUStek Computer Inc)
- Sound card: ASUS Xonar U3 Audio Device
- Microphone 1: Modmic 4
- Microphone 2: Blue Yeti
- Headset: AKG K612 PRO
- OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
- Case: Fractal Design Core 1100 Micro Tower
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime B350M-K, Socket-AM4
- RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 16G