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September 9, 2010 @ 21:42

My firsts Open Source Desk Design

Seams that nobody makes double desks, as my girlfriend and I need need double desk so we can work together at home, I have decided to design one myself.
I’ll be posting designs as they progress and hope to get further ideas how to improve this design, like adding cable management and mount for light that will be integrated on top of desktop area.
Dimensions we can work with are up to 170x65cm (70×25.5 inch) for top desktop area.
Here is how V1.0 of double desk currently looks like:

Easiest and really nice app for creating and designing furniture is Google Sketchup, it isn’t Open Source but it is free as in beer. I plan to release final design under some Open Source licence (any recommendations?).
Have you seen some cool desk designs I can borrow ideas from?
Download Google Skektchup 3D model.

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  1. Posted by Alex Hudson

    September 10, 2010 @ 7:29

    Valent, I was looking at doing something like this similar. I’m interested in what materials etc. you’re planning for this?

    One of the things which has interested me is the number of companies who are able to take CAD models and feed that through a CNC machine to achieve fine control of not just size but “features” (routing for cables, holes, inlays, etc.). However, that obviously means you need to use something wood or like wood (e.g., MDF) and wouldn’t work with a laminated material.

  2. Posted by valent

    September 10, 2010 @ 8:34

    I’ll go today to workshop and consult about materials that would be suitable. Cheapest material would be chipboard and most of desks in shops are made from chipboard.

    I’ll have to ask around if somebody has CNC machine.

    Do you have some examples how these desks look like and how they do cable management?

  3. Posted by Alex Hudson

    September 10, 2010 @ 10:36

    No, the usual thing for cable management is an in-built tray of some sort that you screw into the underside of the table. So you cut a hole in the table top for tables to go through, and then screw an undertray to the other side.

    Chipboard is ok, but difficult to work: you need sharp gentle tools, because it’s easy to damage and anything beyond holes is difficult to route. I actually prefer MDF for this – it’s much more flexible, although it’s heavier it is stronger. However, it also needs some kind of finish and again you have to be careful working it because the dust isn’t good for you.

    I was actually looking at getting a third-party to do the hard work; if you search for CNC wood working companies there are a fair few of them online.

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    September 12, 2010 @ 16:25

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