What market are you trying to serve?
Is this a personal desk complete with an additional conferance table
in the room or a stand alone piece that may double as a conferance
table from time to time?
I edited to highlight the pertinent parts in your original post.
Yes, you're looking for an unpaid research assistant. :)~
You have a flawed concept of courtesy. At no point did you ask for
Normal or even normal. Then again, I didn't ask for courtesy in a
reply so maybe I shouldn't be surprised I didn't get it.
If normal is what you're trying to do, why do you even need any input
at all? Why do you need input on what _woods_ to use? I'm glad I
didn't add anything on ball vs. bun feet, as you asked - I don't think
I could have weathered the scorn.
You ask for input on something different for some deep pocket people,
something special, and that's exactly what I posted. If nothing else,
you can get an almost unlimited number of ideas from the exuberance of
a Wooton desk.
Maybe funny, just not in a normal way. ;)
No harm, no foul.
I've dabbled, drooled and dribbled over desk designs. The Wooton is a
pip. Some of the examples are nicer than any of those high falutin'
Newport secretaries (at least the four legged kind). It seems to me
that you could probably incorporate some new features into one. You
could have it double/triple as a safe room and fallout shelter.
On Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:41:50 -0700, Larry Blanchard
I tried to rip off the Wooten some years back for a computer desk
design but it was too much of a Swiss Army Knife... a SAK that looks
like a refrigerator.
This works for me:
There's more of his stuff in the Taunton Press book "In the Craftsman
Simple lines and design for the desk, hardware can go in another
cabinet (which you could also build/sell). Functionality (keyboard
drawers, &tc.) could/should be customized to the user's needs or
wants. Heck, maybe you could convince them to go wireless. And sell
them the stuff.
Were I in your shoes and had a smidgeon of your woodworking talents, I would
be looking at this situation as a marketing issue and not as a technical
For me, I would be looking to hook up with a complimentary business (such as
a high-end, interior decorator firm) where you can leverage their marketing.
Their design sense will lead you to what sells for a particular market. You
can spend a lot of time coming up with a desk design - or spend that time
being more productive by marketing yourself rather than a desk.
As an old marketing guy, I concur. You got hellova portfolio. Don't limit
yourself. There are a hundred professionals out there who would love to have
a man of your considrable talents in their rolodex. Do whatever is reqired
to get the word out there, including a good web presence.
And don't be too proud to take on smaller jobs to get yourself extablished
in your new marketing niche. Problem solvers are worth their weight in
gold. Just think of yourself as a knight in shining armor with considerable
woodworking skills. Make sure other folks think of you in the same way.
And as this thing develops, you may end up in a whole different area than
you originally planned for. Stay flexible. Go to where the opportunities
Thanks for the reply.
I agree with you basically on all counts.
I need to go through the design process, so that I have something to
bring to the table other than labor.
I can relate. A year older at the time, and the embarrassment of the
Corporation was when the consolidation/globalization strategy was
determined to be a failure not what was happening to me and mine.
My choice was to work a transfer to the frozen north or negotiate a
severance package and go my own way. Chose the latter.
Glad you have a plan. Mine was to move to the Gulf Coast and
specialize in marine joinery. Then came Katrina.......marine joinery
doesn't seem to be a priority need at this time. Plus lost a bunch of
my equipment and supplies down there.
Believe the need to be fairly variable by style, personality, and
activity. I had the traditional big fancy wooden desk and credenza,
more for status (not my desire, inherited it) than for any functional
reason. When in the office, spent most of the time turned to the
computer work station where almost all the communication and work took
place. But my management style was "walkabout" Preferred to spend my
time on the factory floor or the new product lab asking questions to
stimulate thought or to offer encouragement. I hardly needed a desk.
I think you will need to be flexible. Custom to the individual. And
technology is changing so fast, hard to get locked into any particular
Most execs. are hot for meeting room conference tables, and adding
tech hook ups for power point projectors and the like is a thought
although many hang from the ceiling these days.
I'm with Lee Michaels. Be a problem-solver and don't limit yourself.
However, on the topics of desks, I have just two factors: ergonomics and
Visual impact is just that...many higher-ups want to have office
furniture that will impress others coming into the office, while others
will want to tone it down a bit. You'll need to find out what they're
trying to accomplish and build accordingly.
I'm a software designer and work at a computer all day long, so I'm
highly sensitive to computer ergonomics.
Too many regular desks are too high for effective computer use. For
comfort when using a computer for long periods of time, elbows should be
bent at roughly 90 degrees. For most people, this means that the
keyboard and mouse should be as low as possible over the knees (so no
apron or drawer under the keyboard tray). The mouse should be at the
same level as the keyboard, and right beside it. This means that for
ambidextrous use the keyboard tray needs to be on the order of 48" wide.
The top of the monitor should be even with the user's eyes, or a bit
lower. The keyboard should be directly in front of the monitor, not off
to the side.
Room lighting should be above the monitor or slightly behind it, but not
so far away that it is distracting for the user. Lights in front of the
monitor (and windows behind the user) tend to cause screen glare.
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