I needed to update my man-cave. I have spent way too much time with a tiny 4′ wide desk, and I kept it completely covered with ‘junk.’ I spent a few days planning this out in the room and came up with a corner desk that took up 2 complete walls. With this, I’d be going from 4′ of desk to 18′ of desk! Yay!
With the idea of a huge corner desk in mind, I set off immediately building it. I decided to do a simple 2×4 frame and use nice birch plywood for the top. Here’s a quick picture of the basic framing layout:
Now came the plywood top. The walls in this room weren’t even close to square, so I couldn’t just butt the plywood without cutting it. I decided it would look best to miter the corner joint, and had to figure out how to get the right angle cut. I started by laying the boards out, overlapping, then clamped them together.
I used a straight-edge as part of the clamping. This was my guide for my circular saw.
A bit of masking tape on the top helps to reduce splintering while cutting plywood.
Here’s the top in place after being mitered. Not a perfect cut, but nothing that can’t be filled in with a bit of wood putty.
Now that the desk was in place, it was time for a little creativity with the shelf for the wall. My attempts at drawing it on paper or CAD weren’t giving me anything I liked, so I just decided to stare at the wall. Here’s what I came up with:
After doing this, I decided to draw this up in Sketchup. Check out my next post for the detailed Sketchup plans and how to build this shelf.