I always wanted a desk like this. I normally work alone and don't want my gear spread all over. I had several design critieria for my "perfect" desk. I wanted a desk with rack space at the table top. But I am very particular about not wanting those racks to be very high and in the sound field. I also wanted a certain amount of width without it being too wide. Another thing is I wanted my computer monitors to easily fit between the raised racks and sit on a platform which was lower than the desk level.

I looked at the commercial offerings from all the usual suspects. Everyone makes something close to what I want but with one or two of my criteria missing. And they cost a billion dollars!  For that reason, I had always thought that building one would be the ultimate way to go.  Everytime, I'd get serious about thinking about it, something else would get my attention.

Credit where credit is due.

What finally convinced me that I could do this was seeing this video (actually a 4-part series).  This showed me that I could do this without a table saw.  I don't have a table saw and I didn't want to buy one. It also got me thinking about using MDF for the pieces which I never would have thought of before.

The Design and Drawings

I drew the project using Libre CAD a free, open-source CAD program.  If you would like access to my actual CAD file, here is a link to the DFX CAD File.

If you don't want to deal with a CAD program, you can click below to get a nice hi-rez picture of the drawing with dimensions in Inches.  The Cad file is in multiple layers and would be much easier to use.  If you're serious about this, I would download Librecad and load my file as a starting point.


The nice thing about this design is that by simply making a new tabletop (about $30 worth of MDF), you can change the overall dimensions.  The two sidewings are held together by the computer monitor bridge.  That has pins which slide into some angle iron holes on the sidewings.  Originally, I made the top out of MDF thinking it would be a prototype to get used to the dimensions.  Once I sanded and painted it though, it went from prototype to final.

The Build

Click Here to see a full album of photos taken all through the build.  Because I drew things out so carefully, there was not a lot of experimentation along the way - until it got to fastening the pieces together.  Here is where I wish I spent a lot more time on the computer and a lot less time making a million trips to the hardware store.

Future plans

I intend to put a layer of 3/8" plywood on the underside of the tabletop.  This will make it thicker, stiffer and give me something to fasten my keyboard drawer sliders into.  It will be stiff enough to cut out a hole to sink my Icon control surface into.