It's pretty easy to create your own "custom" table by using IKEA table legs. The legs are set at a perfect height for making a desk, and people have often turned to an assortment of surfaces to match for a simple DIY desk solution. But I wanted to set out to build something a little more advanced...
It’s funny, because this project might never have gotten started if I had not been at IKEA looking for a desk in the first place. You know how it goes: “Ooh, cool table top…[write down the product number]…Ooh, cool table legs [write that one down]". Inspiration and plans are born aplenty wandering the aisles of IKEA. But then you navigate the crowds down to the warehouse section only to discover they're out the pieces you needed to make those plans come true. *POOF* Plans gone. In my case time it was the table top.
Then inspiration struck: What if I turned to using pieces of raw exotic wood for a custom streamlined computer desk different from the rest. I wasn't looking for a modern "techy" desk, I just wanted something sleek and fairly affordable.Rockler is a cool woodworker’s store here on the West Coast that carries a lot of really amazing wood. After hours of browsing, I settled on Jarrah, a wood I had never heard of before. A quick Wiki search determined it is as common as oak in Australia, part of the Eucalyptus family, a very dark, heavy, durable, and water resistant wood (note: this is also a great opportunity to reuse any spare pieces of lumber you might have kicking around at home for a desk top). $100 later and I was out the door, ready to get started back at home.
custom speakers with recently. I used Gorilla Glue to join the pieces, a brand name glue available at nearly any hardware shop, then waiting 24 hours for the glue to set before moving forward.
See Part 2 here.
(Images: Peter Treadway)
(Re-edited from a post originally published 5.9.08 - GH)