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Old 01-13-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I was never a DIY kind of guy, so my question is:
How do you make a desk cheaply?

I have a small business and I simply cannot afford to buy 4-5 desks, but I want to do something somewhat standardised (just so that people can work on a computer, there won`t be much paperwork involved if at all).

My plan:
Buy 3 planks at home depot, screw/hammer them together and be done with it?

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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You can often buy used desks for slightly above dirt at a swap shop, pawn shop, auction, or used furniture shop. By the time you get done buying the material, putting it together, purchasing tools, you could have purchased ten desks.

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find a used office furniture place.
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Yeah - what these guys have said. ^^^

Craigslist is another good place to look. A lot of people are just looking to unload stuff, sometimes for free.

Sometimes you end up spend a lot of money, for materials, for something cheap.
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I know the office equipment supply shop here in town has a "garage Sale" every year to get rid of old unwanted office furniture. Desks go for about $10.00 each. I would imagine most bigger cities have the same type of supply houses with the same problems (how to get rid of surplus). If that is not a viable option then you ca go to the old college dorm furiture store (building supply) and get some cement blocks ad a hollow core door. Maybe go a little fancier if you want storage and get two 12"-18" drawer base cabinets and put either a hollow core door or short countertop on top of them.
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Maybe go a little fancier if you want storage and get two 12"-18" drawer base cabinets and put either a hollow core door or short countertop on top of them.
I have two two-drawer file cabinets with a plank across them for my desk.
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This may still not be within your budget, but I'll post it anyways: An unfinished wood furniture type store.

Example - This is one in my area: http://www.millstores.com/category.c...de=7&cattype=1
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Just saw these in a magazine ad. They might work for you.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30930
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Last time I was over at Habitat they had a ton of desks.
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I have two two-drawer file cabinets with a plank across them for my desk.
This is what I was going to suggest, so I will second it.
Some home stores sell counter tops in stock lengths to lay across the cabinets.

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If looks are a concern, old solid-core wooden doors make nice-looking desk tops, and they're free/cheap. Throw some glass on it and it's easier to clean and use a mouse pad on. You can use a 4x4 for posts, or a couple of filing cabinets, ikea shelves, etc.
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Try govdeals.com--it seems they always have a ton of desks, filing cabinets and desk chairs up for bid.
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As I'm typing this, the PC is sitting on a 4-ft plastic folding table. Makes a great desk and is also useful for other things.
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I have two two-drawer file cabinets with a plank across them for my desk.
I will third this one. I've always used 2 filing cabinets and an old spare leaf from a dining room table that's long gone.
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try "FREE" Craigslist out where you are tons of stuff might catch a desk or two

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