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
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
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
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
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 http://all-wood-working-plans.com
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