The Desk that Mike’s Dad Built


Not too long ago, I built a desk to fit the space I had.

Early this year we began remodeling the downstairs room.  Remodeling is to gentle of a word, rebuilding is more apt.  We turned an open basement that had cheap carpet and wood paneling (walls and ceiling) into a true entertainment zone.  Hardwood floors, speakers embedded in the walls, HD LCD TV hung above an entertainment center with an Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3.  Reading area, bar with room for a mini-fridge, and my favorite, and office.

My office isn’t huge, but decent sized – I figured I’d have no trouble buying a desk.  I was wrong.  Desk styles come in two types – amazingly small and ginormus.  What I needed was a hybrid, small on one side and ginormus on the other.  So I downloaded SketchUp and made a draft of what I wanted.

My father did all of the work (I know when I’m beyond my 10th grade wood shop skills).  The movable keyboard tray was his idea, in response to my idea that the desk support two people if needed.  The “cable system” I got looking at other desks, and is just a 6” gap between the back wall and desk.  The half drawer / half shelf was my own idea, since I often have awkward shaped equipment I need stored around (like microphone desk stands).  The tapered edge look I took from listening to Joel Spolsky on StackOverflow.  I also used Joel’s discussion of proper posture for dimensions of the desk.

The materials ran about $275, the labor I got a deal on (benefit of being a Son).  If you live in the Knoxville, TN area and have need of some custom wood work (or general construction – Dad has also been a major part of the home renovations), let me know and I’ll get you in touch with Dad!

Posted By Mike On Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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Nathan Blevins - Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:15:56 AM

Wow, Mike, that desk looks nice. You all did a great job! I did not realize that your Dad actually worked w/ wood for a living. Sometime later, I might have to see if he would be willing to take on some work @ my new place (once I finally get everything in order). :)

Looks Nice!

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Michael C. Neel, born 1976 in Houston, TX and now live in Knoxvile, TN. Software developer, currently .Net focused. Board member of ETNUG and organizes CodeStock, East Tennessee's annual developers conference. .Net speaker, a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and ASPInsider. Co-Founder of FuncWorks, LLC and GameMarx.

Proud father of two amazing girls, Rachel and Hannah, and loving husband to Cicelie who inflates and pops his ego as necessary.

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