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How do I make a computer desk?

Karizzma
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How do I make a computer desk?

Hi Team,

 

I'm looking to create my own computer desk as I need something that is slightly different than the standard office desk as my home office is quite narrow.

 

Right now I'm looking at using https://www.bunnings.co.nz/2200-x-600-x-26mm-acacia-solid-oiled-hardwood-project-panel_p8330032 for the top.

 

Is this strong enough to hold a PC with multiple monitors and also being I don't have many tools would I be ok to cut this panel with just a handsaw to size?

 

Also are there any suggestions on what legs I could use as most I have seen don't seem to fit the width.

StevieB
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Re: How do I make a computer desk?

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Karizzma and thanks for your question.

 

Our resident D.I.Y. expert @EricL will be happy to help with your questions when he's back on the site on Friday. Let me also tag @oheyitsbeano, @Nham and @cmstar, who have all recently shared desk builds, to see if they can offer any thoughts.

 

Stevie

 

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Nham
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Re: How do I make a computer desk?

Thanks the message @StevieB  and welcome @Karizzma.

 

500mm depth, just deep enough for a monitor & keyboard500mm depth, just deep enough for a monitor & keyboard

I have used several of the interbuilds wooden panels, and they are very sturdy. Personally, I like the spotted gum top. If you place the wooden panel onto a frame, it should hold your PC and several monitors. I made a desk 12 months ago for my WFH office using an interbuild top, and it is still going strong. My last desk for my son was 500mm deep, and it will fit a narrow space. I would not go any smaller as you need to have the monitor and keyboard on the desk. If you want more desk space, you can use a monitor arm to mount the screen (see pictures).

 

I would measure out what size you need, ask the Bunnings staff to pre-cut the frame (Pine) and the tabletop if they can. Using a handsaw will take you a long time, but it might be okay. I would find it hard to keep a straight cut. The other alternative is that you can get pre-made steel legs and attach these to the table top. With this setup, the panel is not sitting on a frame but is easier to put together.

 

 

Use a monitor arm to get more desk spaceUse a monitor arm to get more desk space

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EricL
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Re: How do I make a computer desk?

Hello @Karizzma

 

It's fantastic that you've received great advice from @Nham about building your own office desk.

 

I have exactly the same project panel that you've mentioned at home. Rest assured it is strong enough to hold multiple monitors including the computer itself. It can be cut to size even with an ordinary handsaw, you can paint it to whatever finish you desire. I suggest building your own frame and legs to custom fit your office area. 

 

Here is one of our Featured Projects: Student desk with a Spotted Gum top by @Nham

 

This should give you handy ideas on how to build your own office desk.

 

If you need more information please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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