not sure if this is the right group to ask about this.
I've been looking at some modular desk. wood finish would be cherry.
I'm not sure how this one will be set up. Looking at a J or C
configuration depending on how one looks at it.
1st wall, 34"
2nd wall, 136"
3rd wall, 68"
I don't think they make one at 136", so, its 2 tables right there.
Issue with me is the legs.
Yeah, its a big computer desk.
So what's the question?
| I've been looking at some modular desk. wood finish would be cherry.
One thing to be aware of when you're buying
things like desktops and tables:
Unless you're paying a lot for good furniture,
"cherry" is taking poetic license. It's probably
particle board with a vaguely cherry-ish veneer
that could be printed, or even plastic laminate.
(Some very expensive furniture is just junk
particle board with plastic laminate made to
show a fairly convincing wood grain.)
Particle board furniture can have a hidden
cost, especially with desks and bookshelves:
It has low shear strength (don't sit on it) and if
it breaks or cracks there's nothing to fix
because there was no real structure in the
first place. I used to get a lot of calls from
people with Scandinavian Design furniture and
had to explain that their fashionable "teak"
pieces were junk. Ikea is the new Scandinavian
I was just at a job yesterday in a very "exclusive"
condo development. The customer had cabinets
from a well marketed company called Poggenpohl,
with a store on the high fashion street in Boston.
Someone had glued mirrors to the cabinet doors.
There was nothing I could to to remove them and
restore the doors. It's wood grain plastic laminate
over junk particle board.
My first computer was given to me by my wife when she got a better one.
The computer desk was apiece of junk and fell apart when I moved it.
I just built my own exactly the way I wanted it to be. It turned out
fine and believe my my carpentry skills are modest.
| My first computer was given to me by my wife when she got a better one.
| The computer desk was apiece of junk and fell apart when I moved it.
| I just built my own exactly the way I wanted it to be. It turned out
| fine and believe my my carpentry skills are modest.
I did something similar. Birch plywood top with
bookshelves above, painted. A couple of leftover
bureau draws, reused, for backup CDs, office
supplies, etc. And a birch plywood keyboard
slide. The draws and slide are all done with simple,
old-style wood tracks; no hardware. That was mainly
to save money, but I don't really need hardware
tracks. In fact, I prefer wood tracks for a keyboard
slide because the drawslide hardware for them
flexes with downward pressure and often doesn't
lock very well in the open position. It feels chintzy.
Mine is an old solid oak desk we got at the thrift store for cheap . I took
the pieces between the drawer stack out and mounted a keyboard tray with a
pair of drawer slides . Using cordless KB and mouse makes it much "cleaner"
on the desk top . When we were in Memphis I had a couple that were just
slabs of postform countertop mounted to the wall with a KB slide mounted
underneath . Cutoff rips made shelves above for storage , printers , etc .
Ikea. They sell a variety of desk/table tops and the support parts
(file cabinets, shelves, etc) separately, so you can mix or match to
meet your needs.
*Don't* buy a massive all-in-one piece, and *don't* do the stupid
configuration of tower on the floor, all wires/cables threaded up from
the back. When you do that, Every. Single. Time that you have to
disconnect/connect a component, two people have to drag the damned
thing away from the wall and one has to crawl underneath to get at the
I fix pcs on the side and I make housecalls. Having to wrestle the
customer's furniture and crawl to get at the components/wiring is my
major pet peeve.
well, umn.. you've put me in a conundrum. I do have a tower and was
going to put it under the table. the wiring may or may not be an issue.
depends on how its set up :D
I don't plan on buying a "massive all-in-one piece". that thought
occurred to me, but I'd have trouble moving it to get to the back of the
the desk will be modular.
the trick is to find the right pieces to fit the requested length.
Then there is the basic law of physics that a horizontal surface abhors a
vacuum. Whenever I lose something I turn the pile over like a compost heap
and usually find it. This doesn't apply if you're one of those OCD types
that are into order.
Wireless components clean up the usual rat's nest. Get rid of the mouse,
keyboard, printer, and ethernet cable and you have the power and monitor
cables. If you have a lot of USB devices a hub on the desktop is an option.
Wireless speakers may or may not be worth the effort depending on your
| well, umn.. you've put me in a conundrum. I do have a tower and was
| going to put it under the table. the wiring may or may not be an issue.
| depends on how its set up :D
I wouldn't worry about that. I don't have anything
wireless and I don't find it a problem. Once it's set
up that's all out of the way. There's nothing wrong
with wireless, but there's also no real advantage,
unless wires just happen to be a pet peeve.
Wired peripherals are generally cheaper and more
adaptable. (Older computers won't see a wireless
keyboard or mouse at boot.)
I just bought a new trackball last week. Wired.
Cheap. Good. It just sits there, so why should I
care if it has a wire or not?
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