An addition to the desk I build 2 years ago

As some of you may remember I built a large desk with an arched detail in the top cabinet unit. For several months after completing the desk I toyed with adding lighting to the desk and sometime last summer came up with a design that I liked. It was a busy year for me and I was not able to build the addition for the desk until this month. I bought the wood almost two weeks ago and finish mounting the light bridge to the top of the desk. I still have to conceal the wiring but the unit is basically finished.
Let me know what you think!
The unit setting upside down in the shop, 93" long.
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Installed
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The desk prior to adding the lighting.
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Nice job, looks good and will be useful. I like the lights themselves too. And I'm guessing you have enough experience to have not placed the lights so the doors hit them :)
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On 2/17/2015 5:11 AM, dadiOH wrote:

LOL verified that with Sketchup during the design stages. I did have that heart attack moment however. When ever I design something and put it away for a few months I sometimes forget if I actually completed the design to the point of verification. Midway through building the structure I carried the 93" long frame inside and verified placement and lamp location. Like the drawing indicates I have about 1" clearance between the door and the shade at the closest proximity. As Swingman most always preaches with drawer slides, buy the slides before building the drawers, I bought the lamps before deciding on a location to mount them.
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On 2/17/2015 12:59 AM, Leon wrote:

Nice addition.
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On 2/17/2015 8:05 AM, woodchucker wrote:

Thank you. We like it and it puts the light exactly where we wanted it, finally!
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Interesting design. I assume the lights are adjustable in height. Which is a very handy feature for a desk. The design just screams DOMINOS!! ;-)
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On 2/17/2015 8:24 AM, Lee Michaels wrote:

Thank you. No, the lamps are fixed but they both flood the 8' long desk surface up to the computer screens and no glare. The desk lamp which is in front of us typically caused a lot of glare and we constantly had to adjust it. With these it appears that their location if fine.
Funny you should mention dominoes. There are a total of 4 dominoes in the whole project and about 85,3945kf** pocket hole screws and 2 glued joints, where the dominoes are located. This unit is approximately 7~8 feet from the floor and screws were not going to show, nor would it ever be under any strain other than maintaining its shape and holding the lamps.
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On Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:22:31 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:

I thought you were supposed use glue and then remove the pocket screws. ;-)
BTW...when you get bored and decide to build a new desk, I'll take the old one.
Nice job!
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On 2/17/2015 9:30 AM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

LOL, My son has my first desk and will probably get the next. You might have a shot at that one, I built it in 1987.

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Well, shoot, Leon...if you had made it stick out a bit more and added some braces you could have used it to do chin ups in odd moments.
Opportunities lost...<sniff>
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On 2/17/2015 10:29 AM, dadiOH wrote:

Well, of course there is a video, the one my wife took as I was standing on the desk and driving in the attachment screws. I was almost doing pull ups.
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Lee Michaels wrote:

I agree that it is an interesting design, but I prefer a table for playing dominos. :>)
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