Ham Radio

Building the Ham Shack Desk and Work Area


I’ve recently moved my Ham Radio gear into one of our unused bedroom in the house. The room will dub as my Ham Shack and my work office since I often work from home.

My first task was add a desk. I choose to build my own instead of reuse my old desk which was too small for my computer setup and ham radio gear.

Here are a few photos of the desk build in progress. I used 2×4’s, and a single sheet of 3/4″ birch plywood which was finished with linseed oil. I think it came out pretty nice.

Updates and Questions from readers

  • How deep did you make the desk?
    • I made the desk 24″ deep. The reason is that I wanted to use 1 sheet of plywood and cut it in half. It’s a good size and similar to any desk you may buy BUT, it would be nice if it were a little deeper.
  • Do the supports go to edge of the desktop or does the top hang over a bit?
    • The supports are around 4″ from the edge of the desktop so the top does hang over a bit.
  • Do you hit your knees on the supports?
    • I do not hit my knees on the supports. That is the beauty of this design along with no vertical legs to get in the way either.
  • Is the linseed oil finish durable?
    • I’d say the linseed finish is more to make the wood look a little better than non-finished but I’m sure it protects from spills, which I’ve not spilled anything on the desk… yet 🙂  The top will still scratch and get dented if you’re not carefull. I love the finish the way that it is but remember that I used the birch top plywood so with a little sanding the top it pretty smooth and the birch looks great!
  • The wood you used for the supports look nicer than standard 2x4s.  Did you use something special?
    • I used regular 2×4’s and tried to find ones that were in the best condition (straight, square edges and minimal knots).

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