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Old 04-25-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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I am looking into building my own computer desk out of real wood. Before I decide on the plan I want to use I wanted to know if what I hope to do is possible. I am currently using a crappy particle board desk from Wal-Mart. While the desk is crappy there is 1 thing that I love about it. It can be easily disassembled for moving. So..... I want to build a real wood desk that can be put together and taken apart in the same way as this desk. I was thinking that something along the lines of a drywall anchor and screw set-up but with a metal anchor for better durability. I can't seem to find anything that fits this description. Can anyone point me in the direction of a metal anchor and screw set-up that would be ideal for use in wood, if such a thing exists. Suggestions for what types of wood would work best for this application would also be appreciated.

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I am looking into building my own computer desk out of real wood. Before I decide on the plan I want to use I wanted to know if what I hope to do is possible. I am currently using a crappy particle board desk from Wal-Mart. While the desk is crappy there is 1 thing that I love about it. It can be easily disassembled for moving. So..... I want to build a real wood desk that can be put together and taken apart in the same way as this desk. I was thinking that something along the lines of a drywall anchor and screw set-up but with a metal anchor for better durability. I can't seem to find anything that fits this description. Can anyone point me in the direction of a metal anchor and screw set-up that would be ideal for use in wood, if such a thing exists. Suggestions for what types of wood would work best for this application would also be appreciated.

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I'm sure something like that exists, but I don't know why it's needed.

You should be able to drill holes and drive screws directly into the wood. The screws should hold as reliably as any insert provided you don't strip them by over-tightening.

Think about your cabinets or the hinges on your doors. The screws are driven directly into the wood.

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Why don't you use the same hardware that the particle board manufacturer uses?
It's available from many places.
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I just wanted to add a thought based on my own experience.

Think modular.

You should be able to construct it so that it breaks down into just three easily moveable pieces -- the top and the right and left banks of drawers.

Years ago, when I was young and poor and needed a desk, I nice made a desktop from a piece of plywood, a piece of oak door skin, and some oak molding for the edges, and then I set this on two (two-drawer) file cabinets of matching color, using 2x4s as spacers between the top and the file cabinets. It moved with us a couple of times, and one of my kids still uses it. I think it was held together with four screws.
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They're called "T" Nuts. This is a picture of the kind you hammer in, but they also have the kind that is held in place with a couple of small wood screws.
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Are you thinking of drawers or more of a table?

We have two desks in the room I am writing from. The first is an old one made of pine boards and wood screws (no drawers). It has been disassembled several times between Texas and Missouri and is still as stable as ever. It is a bit rustic but DH likes it and won't give it up.

The second is similar to LookoutRanch's. Two wood file cabinets with a wood top stained to match laid across them. A purchased keyboard slide drawer completes it.

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