How to Build Furniture


Title: Planning to build a computer desk.

Author: Dave Markel

Much like any other piece of furniture, selecting computer desk plans requires a little bit of fore thought. There are a number of questions that you need to ask yourself before committing to a design. This will save some disappointment after the project is complete.

Consider these 10 points before getting started.

1. When planning your office make sure there is sufficient power close to where you plan to put your desk. It is possible to have power points right at your desk if there are computer components that are only used occasionally.

2. Use a species of wood that is going to be able to resist the heavy weight of the computer components. A hardwood species such as Oak or Maple will provide the strength needed to resist these forces.

3. Using the right species of wood will resist the weight of the computer components but the joinery used should also provide the maximum gluing surface area and thus the maximum strength. Joints like dado's for the carcase, dovetails or finger joints for the drawers and mortise and tenons for any end grain to side grain connections.

4. Be aware that solid wood expands and shrinks with changes in humidity. This is important on any solid wood project and should be accounted for when attaching the desk top to the carcase.

5. If you intend to store file folders or other heavier items in the drawers of your computer desk it is important to use hardware that will carry the weight of these items.

6. Plan for the number and size of computer components that you have now or intend to get in the future. Choose a set of computer desk plans that will provide enough space for all your needs.

7. If you are limited for space consider storing some of the components in the desk.

8. If you intend to store your computer tower in a closed part of your desk be sure that there is adequate ventilation.

9. Use keyboard trays to free up space on your desk and provide a dust free storage place while it is not in use.

10. Be considerate of ergonomics. Most computer desk plans are fine in this respect but if you draw your own plans make sure that you are going to be comfortable with the finished product. Visit a furniture store to get ideas about keyboard height, etc.

About the author:

Dave Markel is the author of "The All Wood Working Journal". He has helped hundreds of individuals improve their wood working skills. Visit his site at

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