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Old 04-26-2012, 10:25 PM   #31
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:45 PM   #32
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Turns out the desk did not have a file cabinet but the garage sale across the street today did. $5. Almost all set up.

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Old 04-28-2012, 08:27 AM   #33
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Did the unit go together well and have nice fasteners? It looks like you have opted to keep the hutch. You will no doubt find its cubby holes helpful. Thought sure one of those drawers looked file cabinet size and would take a Pendaflex frame but I guess not. $5 for a decent cabinet is not bad though.

I think you did well for $150? You ok with it?

Some little LED puck lights might lighten it up a bit if that bothers you still. Big Lots sells decent Sylvania things cheap.

Child labor looks cute and not too abused in the fabrication of your furniture!

I forgot to mention that one almost needs 3, not 4, hands putting RTA furniture together. When I burned out doing white collar stuff and re-entered the trades I worked for a company that paid by the job to put the stuff together. They handed me a van well appointed with tools and trotted me around to put the stuff together for individuals and companies. It was rather fun and the money was not bad at all.

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Old 04-28-2012, 09:50 AM   #34
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Did the unit go together well and have nice fasteners? It looks like you have opted to keep the hutch. You will no doubt find its cubby holes helpful. Thought sure one of those drawers looked file cabinet size and would take a Pendaflex frame but I guess not. $5 for a decent cabinet is not bad though.

I think you did well for $150? You ok with it?

Some little LED puck lights might lighten it up a bit if that bothers you still. Big Lots sells decent Sylvania things cheap.

Child labor looks cute and not too abused in the fabrication of your furniture!

I forgot to mention that one almost needs 3, not 4, hands putting RTA furniture together. When I burned out doing white collar stuff and re-entered the trades I worked for a company that paid by the job to put the stuff together. They handed me a van well appointed with tools and trotted me around to put the stuff together for individuals and companies. It was rather fun and the money was not bad at all.

Lots of parts but once I got into it it all made sense and went together with ease. Lengthy, but with ease. Cam locks, mainly.

Yup, the lighting issue will be addressed soon. Not sure if I want a desk lamp or strip lighting just yet.

That little girl is something else and strong to boOt! She tightened down on all the cams and many screws. I went back behind her to double check the tightness at each cam and screw but she got it. Than came the backing and she nailed it all in perfectly.

"I wanna help!! Let me do it!! I got it, I got it!!!"

Very sweet little girl. Roomate's daughter.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:11 AM   #35
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Oh yeah, the hutch is actually screwed down into the desk. It was either have just the desk with pre-fab holes drilled all throughout it or use the entire set up. I'm glad I did. It's not too big at all, doesn't affect the room in any way.

Missing one knob and two screws for the knobs but Office Depot said to come by and they'll give it to me from the display or from the new one in the back if they have to.

I also bought the two year warranty for $40. If I get so much as a coffee stain on this thing within two years they'll give me a brand new one.
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I'm not sure if this is relevant to what you were after (even though you already got a desk), but I figured I'd tack it in here for the "why the hell not" factor. We moved in January to our first house, so naturally the first thing for me, being IT is my job, was to create my office area with ample desk space for projects and whatnot. I ended up getting a metal desk with a wood top (kind of like what you see in offices a lot) off of Craigslist for 50 bucks. I took off the wood top (60x30) and replaced it with a thicker Lauan solid door (80x32) from Home Depot, which also cost 50 bucks. Slap some black Formica on it, some contact cement, etc., and you have a sweet desk with a ton of space.

I ended up building a side desk of the same height to go with it. That thing has a standard particle board top with 2x3 reinforcement. It too has the black Formica covering on the top, so it looks like one continuous L shaped desk. I have the bottom shelf just painted black, since that plane won't be seeing high traffic. It's just for housing certain items that'll sit in place almost indefinitely. I have two towers (my desktop, and my file/backup/video surveillance server), my stereo receiver, all in one printer, and my old beastly laserjet printer.

Overall, cost of everything, materials, etc., ran me about 200-220. I had some stuff already which helped, but the bulk of it came from that 200-220 pile. I would have spent 3-4x more to get the desk space I got without it being a hunk of junk. Just my experience. Hope you enjoy your new desk!
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #37
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I appreciate your insight and I thought about refurbishing or building something, someone already said a door as a desk or something which made a lot of sense, but it just turned out the way it did.

I used to work at a sign shop many years ago, experienced with formica covering, templates, building and finishing. I nwanted something now, I guess, and finished.

It worked out well, I'm extremely happy. Picked up an office chair for $5 at a garage sale.
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I appreciate your insight and I thought about refurbishing or building something, someone already said a door as a desk or something which made a lot of sense, but it just turned out the way it did.

I used to work at a sign shop many years ago, experienced with formica covering, templates, building and finishing. I nwanted something now, I guess, and finished.

It worked out well, I'm extremely happy. Picked up an office chair for $5 at a garage sale.
I hear ya. Sometimes it's nice to just get the thing and be done with it. I kind of lucked out with the building thing because the desk I got I had used for a while and decided to swap out the top when I was already in the process of moving. It was one of the first projects I did since when we moved in I was entirely too poor to really renovate anything yet, so I decided to freshen up the office area and redo my desk + add another for more desk space. A few bucks later I was in business!

About the chair, serious score there... you can't beat 5 bucks for an office chair. Ever check those things out at Best Buy? Dear God I cringe looking at the 189 dollar price tags on some of those basic looking office chairs!

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