A Peek Into The Process of Building a Desk from Scratch

A Peek Into The Process of Building a Desk from Scratch

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Taryn Williford
May 3, 2011

We've got to admit that we've always been envious of folks who are skilled with a hammer. Me? Well I can barely hang a picture frame to save my life, let alone design, build and stain a gorgeous dark sawhorse-style desk. Or is it seahorse-style desk? Whatever. The point is one very handy geek crafted this (cord-concealing!) stunner all by himself, and he's recorded and photographed the whole process on his blog.

Jordan is a a technology consultant, blogger at The Cheap Geek and, if this desk is any indication, a fine wood master. He sketched, planned, built and stained this completely original desk himself. Thankfully, he's left behind a slew of details on how he did it.

After going wireless in his home office with an Airport Extreme, Jordan found he had no more use for his big, bulky desk. But after a fruitless search for a workspace with a more sleek aesthetic, Jordan decided to just tackle the problem himself.


He made a digital model with Google Sketchup, including plans for hidden built-in cord concealing channels. That plan made it easy to cut and piece together the sawhorse-style legs and desk top (made from an old door).

The channels in the legs and throughout the desk top allow Jordan's power and Ethernet cords to slide down ninja-style to the floor, making this center-of-the-room desk (the toughest layout to tackle) look effortlessly clean and uncluttered.


Head on over to The Cheap Geek for more photos and great descriptions of how to build a desk like this for yourself. And if you do, remember to send us some pictures so we can feature it on Unplggd!

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