Tom's Bookshelf Hack Workspace

Tom's Bookshelf Hack Workspace

Gregory Han
Mar 11, 2010

Name: Thomas L. Shepherd
Location: Melbourne, Australia

The desk was originally bought when I was still at school and needed plenty of space to study and use my laptop. The desk was bought from an Australia store Harvey Norman and has a footprint of 180cm by 70cm. When I no longer needed the desk for studying the came up with the idea to place a large monitor riser at the back to take up some of the space and increase storage (and hide some of the ugly tech). I built the riser from a bookshelf unit that I managed to buy in a damaged box for $35 AUD from Officeworks and cut it in half and lost three of the shelves (my little version of an Ikea hack)

Resource List:

  • Harvey Norman desk
  • Officeworks bookshelf
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Rain Design mStand
  • 24" Acer LCD
  • Targus 7-Port USB hub

The laptop is a little primitive (Late 2008 Model MacBook Pro) but as all Mac's do, it has stood the test of time and is still battling on strong. It's connected to a brand new 24" 1080p Acer monitor which is keeping it looking a little more lively. The Macbook sits on top of a Rain Design mStand which helps to keep it risen and the cables in check.

The cable management system is comprised of mounted power boards of the back panel of the desk and lots of screws and hooks for the cables to run through, keep all of them off the ground and ALMOST out of site. It is all centralised through a Targus 7-Port USB hub which keeps everything up and running.

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