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Postby Moroccomoose » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:34 am

This morning, I ordered all of the parts for my new studio desk. As I am now working from home, my desk doubles up as my daily office desk (Nothing to do with music) so needed a space that can be much more easy to keep tidy. My current solution is a kitchen surface off cut laid over two bedside cabinets. With all the rack gear on the floor at my knees and wires every where.

Not finding exactly what I was looking for available to buy, I decided to design my own. It design is based on a commercially available desk, but tweaked to my needs and some extra special features added!. The whole thing is made from 2 off 8'x4' sheets of 24mm Birch ply, but the shapes for some components are quite complex, so I have found a timber company with a CNC router who will cut the parts with extreme accuracy. The pictures below are renders from the CAD package.

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The idea is that the rear panel will be hinged at the bottom and held closed with cupboard magnets at the top. It will fold down to allow access for cable routing. The channels running down the two inner legs will have brush seals in them for cables running out to the computer and other gear.

Can't say it is necessarily cheaper than buying a commercial, but it is equivalently priced and EXACTLY what I need!

As they were quite small files I've added your images directly inline as forum post attachments but we don't do this too often to avoid additional server overhead. Normally, you need to host your images somewhere where the actual image (.jpg, .png or whatever) can be directly linked to. Imgur.com works well for this. -- ED
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Moroccomoose » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:38 am

I don't think PNG format is supported. When I get a minute, I'll convert to JPG
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Arpangel » Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:15 am

Oh dear, I shot to this post at lightning speed, as I thought you were designing a "studio desk" along the lines of a "mixing desk" I’m severely disappointed now, that I can’t get involved in this one.

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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby blinddrew » Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:29 am

Very nice. A bit like the Output one but with additional use of the leg space.
Looking forward to seeing it come together.
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Luke W » Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:52 am

Moroccomoose wrote:Can't say it is necessarily cheaper than buying a commercial, but it is equivalently priced and EXACTLY what I need!

It's very satisfying once it's complete. The design looks really tidy, nice work.
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Moroccomoose » Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:44 pm

blinddrew wrote:Very nice. A bit like the Output one but with additional use of the leg space.
Looking forward to seeing it come together.

Yes, the Output one was the inspiration, but it had nowhere for a computer, hence the shelves in the legs. and also I wanted 4U of rack space - The output one only has 3U. I think the Outlook rack space is vertically mounted despite the angled sides IIRC. I wanted the angled rack space. Inside there are some 'goodies' for cable management, but I'll put some proper photos up when I build it.
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:11 pm

That's a beautiful design.
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Folderol » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:22 pm

Looks very nice.
All I need now is a 'studio' big enough to put one in :lol:
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:19 pm

Wow - that's some well impressive CAD work Moroccomoose! :clap:

Like the others here, I'm looking forward to seeing how it translates to the real world, and some photos of same.


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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Moroccomoose » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:05 pm

So parts are starting to arrive. I have rack rails, power distribution and drawer runners

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The woodwork is arriving on Thursday.

Just for some context, here is the current setup...as you can see its a mess. Really looking forward to getting the rack stuff off the ground and the keyboard set up permanently on the slide.

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When finished, I'll have a work area that is the same size as my current desk but with no equipment on it!

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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby blinddrew » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:07 pm

I actually spent a couple of hours round the back of my desk with some cable tidy stuff a couple of weeks ago.
It just feels better when stuff is tidy.
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:12 pm

Guilt alert.... It's time to go and study my studio :blush:
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Luke W » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:13 pm

blinddrew wrote:I actually spent a couple of hours round the back of my desk with some cable tidy stuff a couple of weeks ago.
It just feels better when stuff is tidy.

Absolutely, it's really useful for problem solving if/when anything does happen to go wrong as well. I actually spent the majority of Saturday ruthlessly organising and labelling my cables/racks.
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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Moroccomoose » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:34 pm

Fixed image links -- ED

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Re: Bespoke studio desk design

Postby Moroccomoose » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:37 pm

blinddrew wrote:It just feels better when stuff is tidy.

Indeed. When I first put this together (only a few weeks ago) it was quite tidy. It doesn't take long to turn into a mess. Especially when your feet are in amongst all the cables!
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