Thursday, November 20, 2008

Foray Into Furniture: Studio Desk

Have you ever seen a piece of furniture for the home recording studio that meets the following criteria?
  1. Compact footprint for use in a small room.
  2. Work surface elevated for comfortable use of keyboard & mouse while standing (with guitar strapped on).
  3. Computer CPU elevated so that a vacuum cleaner can go under.
  4. Enclosed sides to help contain CPU fan noise.
  5. Includes a storage drawer.
  6. No particleboard.
  7. Looks nice.
Well, I'd never seen anything like that either, and we even had one of our equipment dealers hunting for it. Even relaxing requirements 6 and 7 left us with nothing. This means I have to build it.

I chose cherry wood and decided to do a simple rail, stile and panel construction for the sides and back, with an edged plywood top. The CPU shelf will be thin solid lumber.

A gap at the back will allow cables out to items at the floor level (power, audio monitors) and a grommet at the top will allow cables up to the video monitor (wall-mounted) and Digi 003 interface.

I've drawn it in CAD and started construction. Right now, all that's left to build is the drawer. Photos will follow soon.

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