51 Photos - Jun 4, 2013
Photo: This dressing table (not built by me) inspired the design for my desk.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27420/dressing-tablePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: 110", 5/4 walnut for the desk surfacePhoto: Desk surface planedPhoto: Photo: Photo: Desk surface with biscuit jointsPhoto: Desk surface with biscuit joints and glue setPhoto: The bottom of the desk after I scraped off excess gluePhoto: The clamps in the NC State Crafts Center assembly room!Photo: Rough cut walnutPhoto: Rough cut vs surfaced walnutPhoto: Photo: Photo: Scraping the desk surface with a cabinet scraper is the hardest I've ever worked in the woodshop.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Drilling into the desk surface was scary.Photo: Everything except the drawers and frame.Photo: Drawer bottoms on the thickness sander.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: First dry assembly of one of the drawers. Everything fits!Photo: I did some crazy bandsaw action to cut this little piece for the drawer. I'm sure if the woodshop manager had been in, he would have instructed me on a safer way to do this.Photo: I drilled a hole into the little walnut piece and hammered a 3" steel shaft into it.Photo: In theory, these bearings are going to mount underneath the monitor shelf and pivot open.Photo: Photo: Photo: Since it's too big to store in my woodshop locker, I have to carry the desktop home. I sanded the desktop smooth with 320 grit sandpaper last night, so now it gets transported with a little more protection (an old flannel bed sheet).Photo: Got my GeekDesk frame. This is going to take a lot of assembly.Photo: Here's the GeekDesk frame right out of the box.Photo: Here's the GeekDesk frame assembled. It comes with great directions and was really easy to put together. The desk surface is the only piece I have at home, so I set it on top of the frame to get a look at it. I like it so far!

The frame feels really sturdy. My only complaint is that it is slower than the adjustable height desk I have at work. However, it has 4 preset buttons for height; it'll be really nice to be able to tap a button to change between standing and sitting while I head to the kitchen for an adult beverage.Photo: First coat of Minwax Antique Finish on the bottom of the desk. It's probably going to take 3 coats on the bottom and 4 on top. I'm going to be taking the 25 minute trip to the woodshop quite a bit over the next week.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Provisional setup while I finish the monitor stand and drawers. I made this monitor stand last year.