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).