My homemade desk, in production
People who pay attention to me on Twitter know that I've been working, on and off, on a desk for the past few months. I started using it a few weeks ago, tweaked a couple of things earlier this week, and aside from one final thing am content with calling it done.
The desk is made of three parts: The two pedestals, and the top. Very handy for building outside, then assembling inside. I can't claim the design; it's one of the plans that come with a Kreg jig system. I didn't make any changes, other than mounting a cable organizer underneath and cutting a hole in the back of the right pedestal to run hard drive cables. (I also plan to find a better power adapter to hide underneath.)
It's got its flaws, and I know where they are. You don't need to point them out. But this was my largest building project to date, and I'm happy with it. In the end I spent about $200 on materials and somewhere between ten and twenty hours on construction. In return, I got a much more solid piece of furniture than I'd get for that amount of money (or more) at an office supply store.
Not bad for a guy who stumbled through a couple of quarters of junior high shop class and avoided the industrial arts for the rest of his scholastic career. (I did have a grandfather who helped me learn the value of doing things yourself, though.)
I find that as I get old, and maybe a litle tired of building the web, that I'm more interested in building little furniture projects (warts and all) than yet another website or Ruby library or something. I also enjoy seeing what others build when they're away from their computers–be it construction, culinary, music, art, whatever.
What have you built lately?. Questions or comments? Let me know what you think.